Newport Transporter Bridge
The bridge is one of only six operational transporter bridges left world wide from a total of twenty constructed. It opened in 1906 and has dominated the Newport skyline ever since. The bridge spans the River Usk in Newport, South Wales and is a Grade One Listed structure. A transporter bridge is basically a suspended ferry that can operate more efficiently than a conventional ferry. A high level boom which allows ships to pass underneath is suspended from towers at each end, and carries a rail track on which a moving carriage or ‘traveller’ runs. A gondola or platform is suspended from the carriage and can be pulled from one side of the river to the other by means of a hauling cable. The Transporter Bridge is powered by twin 35hp electric motors.
Opening Times : 3 Apr-29 Sep Wed-Sun & BHol 1000-1700. (Last entry 1600.)
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