Tees Transporter Bridge closes as scaffolding removed

Picture by Sue Cuthbert, of Newton on Rawcliffe.

Picture by Sue Cuthbert, of Newton on Rawcliffe.

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THE iconic Tees Transporter Bridge is set to close tomorrow (Thursday, April 16) while scaffolding used for improvement works is removed.

The bridge will be open through morning rush hour but will close at 9.15am to allow the work to go ahead and it is hoped that the work will be completed on the same day.

The landmark structure reopened to traffic last month after a lengthy closure of as part of the £2.6million Heritage Lottery Fund-supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project.

In 2011, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) confirmed a £2.6m grant for refurbishment and upgrade work to the Transporter Bridge, which celebrated its 100th birthday in October 2011.

The project includes:

•The installation of a glass viewing lift, giving visitors stunning views across the Tees Valley and a bird’s eye view of the former industrial heart of the region.

•Improvements to the walkway across the top to increase public access.

•Motor replacement to improve reliability, enhanced signage and improved lighting.

•Restoration work to the gondola, provision of a viewing area to the motor room and a visitor centre upgrade.

•A seven-month programme of centenary celebration events in 2011 raising awareness of the Bridge and the area’s heritage.