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Newport Bridge

Teesside

Engineering / Construction, Bridges

Perhaps less known than its neighbour the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge, the Newport Bridge is no less innovative and distinctive. Opening in 1934, it was the first large vertical lift bridge built in Britain.

Its unusual appearance is a testament to the industrial and steel making heritage of Teesside and is also a reminder of when the Tees saw many large ships and boats plying their trade up river. A vertical lift bridge allows large ships to pass beneath it by physically lifting the central section of road deck up, which remains horizontal.

The bridge spans the Tees and the two 55 metre-high lifting towers are prominent landmarks in the surrounding area. Built of steel by local bridge builders Dorman and Long it was designed by Mott, Hay and Anderson who also designed the Wearmouth and Tyne bridges further north.

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