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Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge

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Tees Transporter Bridge
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From:  Middlesbrough
To:  Port Clarence
Yorkshire • Durham
Highway Authority
Opening Date
£1.20 (Cars)
Additional Information
List No:  1139845  (Grade II*)
Bridge Type:  Transporter Bridge
Clearance:  49m (160 ft 9 in)
Engineer:  Sir William Arrol
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There are very few transporter bridges in the world, and the one at Middlesborough was one of the few that remain in operation (although as of August 2019 it has been closed). It was built to carry traffic across the River Tees in the port area in Middlesborough, whilst still allowing tall ships underneath. The bridge is colloquially known as the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge, although it is actually named the Tees Transporter Bridge.

The engineer was Sir William Arrol. The Gondola can carry 9 cars at a time, and is suspended from the near 160' (48.7m) high gantry by trolley wires. After nearly a century of operation, this bridge is still an important link in the local road network, taking just a couple of minutes to cross the River.

TV Fame

This bridge appeared in Auf Wiedersehen Pet where in the show, it was taken down and moved to Arizona. It also featured in the film Billy Elliot.


Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge
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Other nearby roads
NCN1 • A19 • A66 • A171 • A172 • A174 • A175 • A176 (Stockton on Tees - Middlesbrough) • A178 • A1032 • A1041 (Middlesbrough - Redcar) • A1043 • A1053 • A1085 • A1130 • B1270 • B1272 • B1380 • B1424 • B1446 • B1513 • B1540 • B1541 • B6541 • E104 (Teesside - Penrith) • EuroVelo 12 • T24 (Britain)
Crossings of the River Tees & other tributaries
Middleton Bridge • Eggleston Bridge • Tees Bridge (Barnard Castle) • Whorlton Bridge • Winston Bridge • Pierce Bridge • A1(M) Tees Bridge • Blackwell Bridge • Croft Bridge • Yarm Bridge • Surtees Bridge • Victoria Bridge (Stockton) • Tees Viaduct • Tees Newport Bridge • Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge

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