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History of Lincolnshire toll bridge revealed as owners plan £70m replacement

The owners of a toll bridge in Lincolnshire, who charge car drivers 40 pence each way to cross the River Trent, have revealed they'll need to replace the bridge at a cost of around £70 million.

Courtesy of The Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology

Dunham Bridge first opened in 1832 and is one of only a few bridges of its kind left operating in the country.

Old records from Dunham Bridge

It was replaced in 1978 but is due to be rebuilt again in 2078 due to the ever increasing weight of some vehicles.

The bridge is manned 24 hours and drivers are charged to cross it every day except Christmas and Boxing Day. Back in 1815 before the bridge was built locals would use a ferry to cross the River Trent.

Today the only way to get over the River Trent from Lincoln is either via this bridge or via Gainsborough or Newark.