|Local ragstone was quite widely used by railways in Kent.
Gas House Lane bridge, carries the Up Maidstone Loop, a short distance west of Ashford International station. It has a low, elliptical arch, with four rings of yellow bricks, and blue engineering brick capping to the parapet. An adjacent concrete structure carries the main line.
Offham Road bridge, between West Malling and Borough Green is also a stone structure with brick arch rings and a brick capping to the parapet. It also has a brick string course. Ashford Road bridge, Maidstone has a modern steel deck on the original stone abutments.
There are masonry retaining wall cuttings on both lines through Maidstone. That north of Maidstone West has decorative bands of red brick.
Rye Lane bridge, Dunton Green, is another which has a modern steel deck and the original stone abutments and wing walls.
London Road bridge, Sevenoaks is one of the largest stone railway bridges in Kent. The original parapet on the south side has been taken down, so that the pavement could be cantilevered out on a steel structure, thereby allowing the road to be widened.
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This page was created 8 January 2010