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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK160,530 contributions
May 2022
An incredible vehicle, cyclist and pedestrian bridge spanning the River Tay. At 2.25km, it’s also one of the longest road bridges in Europe. There’s an incredible 42 spans, most of which measure 55m above the river. Admittedly, the bridge is more functional over aesthetics, but it’s a fine piece of engineering especially when viewed from a distance and you can see just what 2.25km looks like.
Written May 27, 2022
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MurrayElliot
Edinburgh, UK290 contributions
Aug 2022
I've only ever walked over the Forth Bridge before so it was nice to try the Tay Road Bridge for comparison.

The walkway on the TRB is definitely narrower and there's no demarked cycle lanes so there's a fair bit of looking over your shoulder to see what's coming at you at speed, although most of the cyclists were very respectful and there are plenty of signs indicating pedestrians have right of way. It's a busy cycle route on a nice day.

I would say it's slightly noisier than the FRB simply because you're so much closer to the traffic, especially trucks.

Nice views, and an easy, safe walk. It's just under 1.5 miles long, about the same as the FRB.
Written September 20, 2022
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alibatty🦇
Dundee, UK4,789 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Crossing this l-o-n-g bridge over the silvery Tay between Dundee and the kingdom of Fife should be on every visitor’s ☑️ list. It was designed by William A Fairhurst , took 3 years to build, and opened in 1966. It’s height is 5.5 metres at the Dundee end, and reaches 30.5 metres when it enters Newport, and the views both ways are extremely picturesque. I love going over this bridge - it never gets old. However, I’m old enough to remember when it was a toll bridge, and you always had to rake out change to pay for the privilege of crossing, but happily the Scottish government removed the charge in 2008. The Tay Road Bridge South Access Carpark at Newport is well worth stopping off at for closer views of the bridge, and you can also access the bridge walkway from there too.
Written August 22, 2022
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Daisy
1 contribution
Jan 2021
Stopped of at the car park on the Fife side of the bridge on sat to use the toilet facilities as I had a medical emergency unfortunately they were closed due to COVID
I asked the lady at the coffee kiosk if she had a key and she said no. I asked to use her toilet and let her see my Medicard but she still said she had no toilet despite the door at the back of the kiosk with a toilet sign on it? . I was very stressed and upset and needless to say was in a state when I got home .
Why can’t a disabled toilet be in operation I have a key so if this was the case things would have had a better outcome.
For a place to sell coffee and have no toilets in use is very bad business.and the kiosk should be closed until further notice the same as the toilets.
Written January 24, 2021
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thetravellingmanUk
uk9,668 contributions
Oct 2016 • Solo
The Tay Road Bridge was opened by the Queen Mother on the 18th August 1966.
The bridge took 3.5 years to build and total cost was approximately £6m.
The bridge consists of 42 spans and has a shipping channel which is located nearer to the Fife end. Total length of the bridge is 1.398 miles and it runs from Dundee to the small town of Newport-On-Tay on the Fife side.
This used to be a toll bridge with tolls originally being collected in both directions and when first opened the charges were:- motorcycles 1/- (5p), cars 2/6 (12.5p) and 10/- (50p) for HGV's.
On 1st June 1991 one way tolls were introduced for southbound traffic only. The last tolls to be charged were as follows:- motorcycles - free, cars 80p, buses £1.40 and HGV's £2.
Tolls were abolished at midnight on 10th February 2008.
The bridge is very much lower at the Dundee end being 9.75m above sea-level and rising to 38.1m above sea-level at the Fife end. Not so noticeable when driving or walking across the bridge but certainly more noticeable when cycling, especially towards Fife.
The bridge has a central walkway for pedestrians and cyclists. A lovely walk on a nice day. Best idea is to park (free) at the Fife end car park if intending to walk. There are toilets and a snack outlet situated in the car park.
Originally the bridge had two viewing platforms, one at the Dundee end where the old toll booths used to be and the second was approximately two-thirds the way across the bridge heading towards Fife. However, these were both removed during the 1990's.
The Tay Railway Bridge is approximately 1.85 miles upstream from the Tay Road Bridge.
Written November 3, 2016
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Bibcay
Gateshead, UK4,360 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
The bridge itself doesn't look amazing but going over the bridge is a blast. The views are lush if the visibility is good. The bridge does the job.
Written April 17, 2022
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IAN D
Wigan, UK19,082 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
We crossed the bridge twice whist visiting St Andrews coming fom Blairgowrie. Loved the feeling of being in the middle of the mouth of the river and seeing the city of Dundee on our return trip back
Written October 18, 2021
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DIYmanuel
London, UK26 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
The Tay road bridge slopes its way down to Dundee from the Kingdom of Fife. I have walked, cycled and driven across this bridge, there’s a central reservation for pedestrians / cyclists so there’s no need to slum it with the motorists.

It certainly isn’t a ‘concrete monolith’ being made up of around 42 spans; the expansion joints make a reassuring noise when you drive across. Stunning views of the Firth of Tay, out to sea or upstream to Perth. On a clear day, of which there are many in Dundee then the view from the Tay Bridge is hard to beat.

It might not be the most graceful bridge, the plain sister to the magnificent Tay Rail Bridge, but I reckon its utilitarian, workman like demeanour compliments the home of jam, jute & journalism. A no nonsense endeavour with a hint of Dundonian self-depreciation. Stick around long enough and you might just see a dolphin. You probably wont.
Written April 8, 2019
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Colin L
Dundee, UK40 contributions
Mar 2019
The bridge across the Tay provides beautiful views of the city of Dundee on one side and Fife on the other. Also lovely views of the nearby rail bridge and down to the open Tay estuary to Broughty Ferry and beyond into the North Sea. A lovely walk about a mile & a bit both ways. There also a small cafe/shop at the car park at the Fife end for half way refreshments if going both ways. Maybe a bit noisy with traffic but worth it.
Written March 20, 2019
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Psyflux
83 contributions
Jul 2017 • Solo
Lets face it, the tay road bridge isnt the most architecturally beautiful structure. Its a concrete monolith.
It does however provide good transport over the beautiful river tay and has a walking/cycle path down the middle which joggers seem to love and as its raised up is good for photographs. During busy times its very noisy though so not a calming experience.
Park and ride is handy if you don't want to pay Dundees crazy parking prices (unless you have an electric car which can park for free) and there is a little cafe which is more commuter orientated than tourist.
Written July 22, 2017
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