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Newport Transporter Bridge
The Newport Transporter Bridge is a crossing of the River Usk in the city of Newport, South Wales in the United Kingdom. It is a Grade I listed structure.

Designed by French engineer Ferdinand Arnodin, it was built in 1906 and opened by Godfrey Charles Morgan, 1st Viscount Tredegar on 12 September 1906.

Very Rare Structure
The span is an example of the very rare transporter bridge concept, of which only eight exist worldwide.

Reason for the Transporter Design
The design was chosen because the river banks are very low at the desired crossing point (a few miles south of the city centre) where an ordinary bridge would need a very long approach ramp to attain sufficient height to allow ships to pass under, and a ferry could not be used during low tide at the site.

The height of the towers is 242 feet (74 metres) and the height of the horizontal beam above the road is 177 feet (54 metres). The platform travels the 592 feet (181 metres) between the towers at ten feet (three metres) per second.

�3 Million Refurbishment
The bridge was shut down in 1985 because of wear. Following a �3 million refurbishment, it reopened in 1995 and continues to operate today. Today, the bridge is widely regarded as the most recognisable symbol of the city of Newpor.

The one-way fare was 50p in 2003.

The bridge forms part of the classified highway network and is also where route 4 of the National Cycle Network crosses the River Usk and route 47 begins.

It was the focal point of the local millennium celebrations of 2000, where fireworks were fired from its length, and has been featured in several movies and television shows. It was the centrepiece of the Crow Point Festival in September 2006 to celebrate its centenary.

As of October 2007, the bridge is operating at weekends only.

A walk across the Transporter Bridge


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