Greyhound Bridge Lancaster

Lancaster's Greyhound Bridge is closed for major repairs until mid-September when the bridge will reopen to 2 lanes of traffic.

It will fully reopen in winter 2018. The reopening date was recently put back due to the scale of the repairs, however work is progressing well

Alternative routes

There are alternative routes for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and bus passengers.


While Greyhound Bridge is closed the nearby Skerton Bridge will be two-way.

Traffic travelling north via Caton Road will be diverted at the Parliament Street/Bulk Road junction via Greyhound Bridge Road, Morecambe Road and Skerton Bridge.

Below are some suggested driving routes. Depending on your location, cycling or taking the bus or train may be a better option.

North of city centre to Heysham or Morecambe

Go straight up Caton Road and onto the Bay Gateway heading west.

South of Lancaster to Heysham or Morecambe

Depending on how far south of the city centre you start either go straight up Caton Road and on to the Bay Gateway heading west, or head south to M6 junction 33 and then north on the M6 to junction 34 and on to the Bay Gateway heading west.


Bus service changes

About the scheme

Lancaster's Greyhound Bridge needs major maintenance works to ensure it retains the strength to carry big HGVs.

The total estimated cost of the works is around £4 million. The proposed work comprises replacement or renewal of a number of features including:

  • Installation and maintenance of temporary traffic management
  • Concrete repairs, including installation of galvanic cathodic protection and, recasting of large areas at the joint positions
  • Replacement of buried joints
  • Replacement of expansion joints
  • Repainting of parapet, piers and superstructure
  • Deck waterproofing
  • Carriageway and footway resurfacing
  • Maintenance repairs to two adjacent bridges and a sign gantry

About the bridge

Greyhound Bridge Lancaster

Greyhound Bridge carries the A683 (Greyhound Bridge Road) over the River Lune.

It was constructed in 1911 as a railway viaduct and converted to a road bridge in 1972 with the addition of a reinforced concrete deck on top of the original steel construction.

It has 9 spans, 8 piers and is 204.3m long and 12.66m wide.