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Tyne Bridge, Newcastle

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Tyne Bridge, Newcastle. Image dated 2013.
Tyne Bridge, Newcastle. Image dated 2013.
Tyne Bridge, Newcastle. Image dated 2013.
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of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

The bridge was designed to align with the Great North Road and carry road traffic across the Tyne without having to descend to river level.

1883 A proposal was made for a bridge across the Tyne close to the site eventually used. A sketch of an arched bridge was published soon afterwards[1]

1890 Mr. Laws, City Engineer, published a proposal

Further proposals were made including exhibition of a model in Newcastle but WWI brought discussion to a halt.

1922 Messrs. H. Y. Richardson and Webster published a letter in the press which started the discussion again; with promise of a grant from the Government, the scheme was able to proceed.

Thomas H. Webster claimed to have proposed a design which met the requirements of the river Tyne Commissioners and pushed for an open competition but the design was put in the hands of the consultants[2] (Mott, Hay and Anderson)

1924 December: Newcastle City Council accepted the tender of Dorman, Long and Co for the construction of the bridge; the next lowest tender was from Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Co[3]

Designed and built by Dorman, Long and Co, under the supervision of Charles Mitchell, head of the Bridge Department; James Ruck was the contractor's agent on site. Consulting engineers were Mott, Hay and Anderson, led by David Anderson, with associates Coode, Wilson, Mitchell and Vaughan-Lee. The architectural features in the abutment towers were by R. Burns Dick of Newcastle[4]

1925 Work started

1928 Opened by the King[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1928/01/20
  2. The Engineer 1928/01/13
  3. The Times, Dec 04, 1924
  4. Bridges: A few examples ... by Dorman, Long and Co, 1930
  5. The Times, Oct 15, 1928