The iconic Transporter Bridge is now back in action following the completion of the latest phase of development in its 103-year history.
The re-opening in March follows the renovation works to the Bridge’s gondola as part of the £2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund-supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project.
The renovated gondola has been enhanced and now features newly installed glass sidings offering stunning views up and down the River Tees in keeping with the design of the original bridge.
Work will continue on the completion of the Transporter’s new lift, visitor centre improvements and interpretation and heritage trail that will enhance the bridge’s standing as a leading landmark. It is anticipated that the project will be completed by May, with a showcase weekend to follow in late May.
The regeneration team at Tees Transporter Bridge have been constantly plagued with setbacks, as the completion date kept being put back.
The bridge was only planned to stay closed for 40 days initially, but when contractors started work they encountered more and more problems that prolonged it’s re-development.
The Transporter will operate with new opening hours of 7.15am – noon and 1pm – 6.15pm (Monday to Friday) and 9.30am – noon and 1pm – 3pm (Saturday).
For the first four weeks crossings for drivers and foot passengers was free of charge.
After the free travel period, the cost of crossing the Bridge is now 60p each way for pedestrians and cyclists, with a journey costing £1.30 each way for single-bay motor vehicles.The popular Bridge Saver Card scheme offering discounted travel at £23.40 (motor vehicles) and £10.80 (pedestrians and cyclists) for 20 trips will continue to operate.
Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “With a smart new coat of paint and the new gondola in place, we were keen to allow Bridge users to start using it again as soon as possible. These enhancements will further cement the Transporter’s place as a leading heritage, education and tourism destination of regional and national importance.”
FAMOUS FACTS ABOUT THE TRANSPORTER BRIDGE
- Its foundation stone was laid in 1910.
- The Transporter Bridge is a marvel of Edwardian engineering.
- The bridge clears the river by 160 feet.
- It featured in a scene of the hit British Movie Billy Elliot.
- There’s only one other bridge of this type in the country.