Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge celebrates centenary

  • 17 October 2011
  • From the section Tees
The Transporter Bridge
Image caption The bridge celebrates its centenary on 17 October

Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge is 100 years old.

The structure was officially opened on 17 October 1911 by Prince Arthur of Connaught.

Designed by Darlington-based Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Co, the bridge cost £87,316 to build.

The Grade II-listed Transporter Bridge, linking Middlesbrough and Port Clarence, is one of only six of its type still operating in the world and the only one in England.

At its peak in 1919, 5.1 million pedestrians crossed the bridge, compared to just 16,000 (and 120,000 vehicles) in 2010.

Often threatened with closure in the past, it is now seen as Teesside's icon.

The bridge has survived German bombing raids, been featured on TV and in films, and on the video and cover of the single High by the Lighthouse Family.

The running of the bridge is funded by both Middlesbrough and Stockton councils.

Centenary celebrations have already included a concert, interactive light display and people bungee jumping off the bridge.

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