Tay Road Bridge 50th Anniversary Celebrations


18th August 2016

The Tay Road Bridge is 2250m in length and spans the estuary of the river Tay between Dundee and Newport-on-Tay and has proved invaluable in improving the social and commercial links of the two communities. The official opening of the bridge was on 18th August 1966 and was opened by the Queen Mother. Now 50 years on the Tay Road Bridge are celebrating their 50th Anniversary today (Thursday 18th August 2016).

The bridge was designed by William A Fairhurst of local organisation Fairhurst. Fairhurst and FairhurstGGA is one of the largest privately owned Partnerships of Consulting Engineers in the UK. The Firm employs over 450 staff in 16 principal offices including one based in Dundee.

Graeme Bruce Partner at the Fairhurst Dundee Office commented \"As the designer, William A Fairhurst took great pride in the bridge and the innovative engineering excellence which was applied to its design and construction and we are very pleased to be forever associated with this iconic bridge and the vital transport link which it provides.”

The bridge took three years to build between 1963 and 1966 at a cost of £4.8m. The main contractor was Duncan Logan (Contractors) Ltd of Muir of Ord.

The Tay Road Bridge 50th anniversary celebration was launched by Provost Jim Leishman of Fife Council, Lord Provost Bob Duncan of Dundee City Council, and Depute Provost Alex King of Angus Council, on Friday 22 July. It took place in Slessor Gardens, where vintage vehicles loaned by the Dundee Museum of Transport were on display.

The celebrations continue and the next event will take place on Sunday 21 August in Slessor Gardens in Dundee, along with local events in Tayport and Newport.

The Anniversary Celebrations will include:

  • Vintage Car Procession across the bridge
  • Vintage Farmers Market (Newport)
  • Boat Trips (limited spaces, all tickets must be pre-registered, see link elsewhere on this site)
  • Live Music
  • Craft Stalls
  • Food and Drink
  • Children\'s activities

During the event there will be a workers commemoration at the Memorial Stone in the Tay Road Bridge Fife Car park. The commemoration will pay respect to those who lost their lives building the bridge as well as those who have worked and continue to work on the bridge.

Alison Henderson, DACC CEO said “We’re delighted to see the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the bridge taking place…it’s really creating a buzz locally and we hope lots of people go along this weekend. The bridge was the longest road bridge in the UK when it was built, and remains one of the longest in Europe, even now. It is a testament to the design and ambition of local people, and we are proud support Chamber member Fairhurst, and the wider celebrations.”

Further information can be found at: http://www.tayroadbridge.co.uk/50th-anniversary


Engineering solutions, delivering results Top of Form W A Fairhurst & Partners is a large multi-disciplinary engineering and related services consultancy providing services to both public and private sector clients. In addition to its core business of civil and structural engineering, the firm

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