or Royal Albert Bridge
bridge spans the River Tamar
, on the Devon
bank and Saltash on the Cornish
bank carrying the Great Western Railway
in and out of Cornwall
Designed by the great French-British engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, as two great 455-ft spans, the difficulty of its construction rates it as one of Brunel's greatest railway achievements. Opened by Prince Albert in 1859, it was completed the year of the great engineer's death.
A short distance to the north of Brunel's bridge, the Tamar is crossed by the Tamar Bridge carrying the A38 road, one of the three trunk roads connecting Cornwall.