Bridges and structures
In Kent, there are over 4,000 bridges and structures. We own and
maintain about 2,800 of these, the rest are the responsibility of
others, for example Network Rail or
What should I do if I see a vehicle hit a bridge?
If there is a plaque on the bridge with a telephone number, call
this number straight away.
If there is not a phone number contact the police (dial 999),
you may then be asked to call us on 08458 247 247.
Inspection and maintenance
Bridge owners have overall responsibility for their structures,
including carrying out day to day inspections and organising any
There are 3 main types of maintenance we carry out:
- Operational maintenance
- essential for the safe use and operation of a structure
- Routine maintenance - to combat normal wear and tear and of
protecting the structure over time
- Structural maintenance and upgrading - needed as a result of
external factors, such as exposure to extreme conditions, old age,
change in use or change in structural standards
We also advise other bridge owners of any structural or
safety issues which might need their attention and make sure they
carry out the necessary works.
There is a rich heritage of old bridges in Kent. These
- several ancient monuments such as Teston and East Farleigh
- bridges at Wye and Eynsford
- 'Great Bridge' at Tonbridge
- Sandwich toll bridge
- many that can be found alongside listed buildings in
These bridges are assessed, maintained and repaired generally to
the same standards as all of our other bridges and structures.
Any work to historic bridges must meet the strict
requirements of English Heritage or the local planning authority
(usually the district council). Their special status means that any
work carried out must be done without significantly changing
Most of the bridges above have undergone major structural
repairs and strengthening whilst maintaining their visual