Story: Bridges and tunnels

Hamilton bridges, 1938

Hamilton bridges, 1938

As Hamilton developed on both sides of the Waikato River, there was a need for a series of bridges to facilitate easy movement between the central city on the west (left) and Hamilton East (right). Three bridges are visible – Victoria bridge at centre right, the railway bridge (which now sits alongside the Claudelands road bridge) beyond it, and the Fairfield bridge in the distance. City growth was a common incentive for bridge-building – especially in Christchurch, Whanganui and Hamilton.

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Jock Phillips, 'Bridges and tunnels - The need for bridges and tunnels', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 December 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 11 Mar 2010