Darnley Road bridge, Gravesend has features in common with the Chessington bridges, particularly the horizontal bands on the parapets. A modern steel or prestressed concrete bridge would only require a single span, but this reinforced concrete structure has two intermediate piers.
Belmont Rise bridge, Cheam has a structure in reinforced concrete that is very similar to a steel plate one, with main beams and cross beams.
Concrete structures are all too often very utilitarian in appearance, but classic architectural forms were sometimes used.
A graceful concrete arch road bridge was built over the railway at Durrington-on-Sea by a developer building houses in the area. The considerable span permits widening of the railway, but would also have provided working space while the arch was under construction. The face of the bridge is plain, but with attractive detailing at the ends of the parapet and directly below the coping.
A smaller concrete arch spans the line at Carshalton Beeches. The road has been widened and the concrete structure is to the same profile as the original brick arch. A skewed concrete arch over the Chessington branch carries the entrance to Knollmead school and allotments.
This bridge over the River Tillingham at Rye replaced a swing bridge. It has a steel deck on reinforced concrete abutments.
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