A few weeks ago I visited the Newport Transporter Bridge. I was absolutely astounded by the 112 year old structure that stood before me.
Back in the year of 1900 Newport was expanding rapidly and the port was an incredibly busy place. Before the bridge was constructed workers faced a four mile detour to cross the river and although there were ferries these were impractical due to frequent changes in the tide.
The councilors of Newport knew that a solution was needed so in 1900 a plan was put forward to build the bridge which was inspired by a similar design in Rouen, France. This design was chosen so that tall ships could still use the river so offered both accessibility and practicality.
The Transport Bridge consists of a single Gondola which is powered by two 35 horsepower motors.
If you are visiting the bridge today you can climb it's impressive towering staircase and walk across to the other side and catch the gondola back. The view of Newport is impressive!
The bridge spans an impressive 645 feet in length and from the top of the tower to water mark is 242 feet. I can only imagine that this must have been such a strange spectacle when it first opened back in 1906.
As you can probably tell I had a LOT of photos to choose from for this blog. If you want to learn some more about this amazing bridge you can do so here -> http://www.newport.gov.uk/heritage/Transporter-Bridge/Transporter-Bridge.aspx
Thanks for reading :)