Newport Transporter Bridge, South Wales

This is my personal favourite of the three detailed here. There’s just something about it – it’s a work of art. It’s also the hardest to get onto – especially now with new cameras and additional anti climb paint! Still, it’s worth it.

This bridge is only known by one name as listed above, but in Welsh it’s called Pont Gludo Casnewydd. The Newport Transporter bridge is also in operation, one of two operational bridges in the UK along with Middlesborough/Tees. It was built in 1906 and opened on 12th September that same year.

The bridge has an overall span of 644.88ft (196.56m), with the total length being 774.28ft (236m). This means that it is shorter than the Tees Transporter, however it is taller. The height of the towers is 241.5ft (73.6m) making it the largest of the three in the UK, as well as the largest of the eight bridges in the world of the same design. The structure is grade I listed and is the lowest crossing on the River Usk.

It’s the oldest transporter bridge in the UK, so it’s even more impressive that it’s still operational – that’s partly why I love it so much. Between 1985 and 1995 it underwent a full refurbishment to the tune of £3m. It remained fully operational until December 2008, when it closed again to have a further refurbishment costing £1.225m, reopening in July 1010.

Newport City Council own and maintain the bridge, which includes a visitor centre on the west bank which is open at weekends.

Naturally, being Wales, it’s been either raining or wet whenever we’ve been to visit this bridge. Despite having been up it a number of times I don’t actually have any great photos from it – maybe I didn’t bother as it’s only down the road from me – who knows. Either way; big up NTB <3

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