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Swing Bridge (Tyne)

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Swing Bridge
Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Gateshead
To:  Newcastle
Durham • Northumberland
Highway Authority
Newcastle upon Tyne • Gateshead
Opening Date
Additional Information
List No:  1390930  (Grade II*)
Bridge Type:  Swing
Length:  171m (561 ft 0 in)
Width:  14m (45 ft 11 in)
Max Span:  85.5m (280 ft 6 in)

The Swing Bridge linking Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead is situated on the site of the oldest crossing of the River Tyne, immediately upstream from the better known Tyne Bridge.

There has been a crossing here since Roman times, when it was known as Pons Aelius. Since the classification of roads predates the opening of the Tyne Bridge, the Swing Bridge was originally a major road, and carried the original route of the A184, though it continued to be an important crossing for some years afterwards.

Today, however, the bridge is unclassified.

Swing Bridge (Tyne)
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Crossings of the River Tyne, Derwent and other Tributaries
Tyne BridgesHexham Bypass Bridge • Hexham Bridge • Corbridge Bridge • Styford Bridge • Bywell Bridge • Blaydon Bridge • Scotswood Bridge • New Redheugh Bridge • High Level Bridge • Swing Bridge • Tyne Bridge • Friars Goose Crossing • Tyne Tunnel
River North TyneBellingham Bridge • Chollerford Bridge
River South TyneAlston Bridge • Haltwhistle Bypass Bridge 2 • Haltwhistle Bypass Bridge 1 • Haydon Bypass Bridge • Haydon Bridge
Derwent BridgesBlanchland Bridge • Derwent Bridge (Edmundbyers) • Allensford Bridge • Shotley Bridge • Ebchester Bridge • Lintzford Bridge • Derwent Bridge (Durham) • New Derwent Bridge •  • A1 Blaydon Bridge • Metroland Bridge

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