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Renovation begins on 115-year old Newport Transporter Bridge

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Steelwork contractor Cleveland Bridge is returning to renovate the Newport Transporter Bridge, a structure it helped to build at the start of the 20th Century.

The company will deliver the restoration of key steel components of the transporter bridge, which was originally opened in 1906.

The bridge, which has a span of 197m and is a Grade 1 listed structure, crosses the River Usk and was built to provide access to the Orb Steelworks from the city centre.

Cleveland Bridge’s work includes the restoration of the gondola, which carries cars, buses, lorries, cyclists and pedestrians across the river, and replenishing all worn wooden and steel parts.

It will also restore lost architectural features and repair the bridge’s cross beams and anchorage housing, as well as replacing rotting timbers and worn anchor pins and cables on the main booms.

The restoration of the bridge will start in March with completion planned for the start of 2022.

Chris Droogan, Managing Director of Cleveland Bridge said: “Having been awarded the contract to build the Newport Transporter Bridge in 1902, we are exceptionally proud to have secured the restoration project almost 120 years later.

“It has an important place in the history of our business as one of the many iconic bridge structures we have built in the UK and around the world.

“Therefore, in addition to applying the skills and expertise of our Bridge Rehabilitation Team, we feel we have a duty of care to ensure that this bridge continues to be an essential part of the area’s transport infrastructure for the next 100 years.”

The bridge previously underwent a major two-year refurbishment between 2008 and 2010, when a number of the original steel elements were replaced with new bespoke members (see NSC October 2010).

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