Greyhound Bridge Lancaster

Lancaster's Greyhound Bridge has reopened to traffic following major maintenance work.

Further work is due to begin in May 2019 to finish painting the bridge. The bridge will be kept fully open while this takes place, with only some short-term off-peak lane closures being needed to allow equipment and materials to be delivered.

Bus lane

A new bus-only lane has been introduced on the Greyhound Bridge to improve journey times and reliability for buses.

Our research suggests this could provide benefits to bus passengers with little impact on existing traffic.

The lane is for use by northbound buses and cycles. It runs from the bus stop on Cable Street south of the river and across Greyhound Bridge, before merging with general traffic again north of the river on Morecambe Road.

The bus lane has been introduced as an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) from 21 September 2018 for a period of up to 18 months to allow us to assess its impact while in live operation. A 6 month consultation period began when the ETRO was put in place, allowing any modifications or suspensions of the operation of the order to be made before consideration of whether the provisions of the experimental order should be continued with the introduction of a permanent order. Comments received during the consultation will be taken into account as part of this decision making process.

Notices for the ETRO are displayed on site and you can view the ETRO details online.

If you would like to make any comments or objections please write to:

Director of Corporate Services,
Lancashire County Council,
Christ Church Precinct,
County Hall,
PR1 8XJ,

Or email

You should clearly state the grounds for the objection/representation and quote the reference LSG4/894.8435/ML2. Any objection/representation needs to be made by 21 March 2019.

About the scheme

Major maintenance works concluded in October 2018 ensuring Lancaster's Greyhound Bridge retains the strength to carry big HGVs.

The work comprised 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.