A different way to cross the river only look down if you are holding on

Transporter Bridge – islands in the air high above the river

This unusual bridge spans the river Usk at Newport, It was designed by a French engineer Ferdininand Arnodin. It was built in 1906 The height of the towers is 242 ft and the height of the cross beam above the road is 177 ft. The transporter gondola travels the 645 ft.to cross the river it is  powered from the engine room. this Transporter Bridge is the largest of the 8 which remain worldwide.(some 20 were built). It is now a grade 1 listed structure. link to FONTB {Friends of Newport Transporter Bridge}  A small visitors centre is open daily  at the east end of the bridge. Well worth a visit. The gondola is like a “floating bridge” suspended in the air high above the river. Great value at £2.75 Views from the top are fantastic but it is a long way down to the river below The walk across is across open grid steel floor with a view straight through to the river below is at its best in the centre of the span . (Another working example of a transport bridge in the Uk is in Middlesbrough and there is a closed example at Runcorn)  http://www.fontb.org.uk/index.htm

Day Ticket

Day Ticket

transporter bridge span

transporter bridge span

transporter bridge walkway

transporter bridge walkway

transporter bridge

transporter bridge

transporter bridge

transporter bridge

transporter bridge shadow

transporter bridge shadow

gondala

gondala

seating

seating

transporter bridge

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