The Newport Transporter Bridge

Time was when the River Usk, in South Wales was a major transport artery for tall ships. Any structure over the river needed to be at a high level. But at Newport, the land is fairly low and flat. The engineering needed to build a high bridge would have been massive. The solution was to suspend a moving platform below a high superstructure and move that platform from one side of the river to the other – a transporter bridge.


There’s the structure for the true nerd, the tower height is 242 feet and the moving deck hangs 177 feet below the horizontal beam. The platform, or gondola, has to travel some 645 feet.


There’s the laden gondola in transit.


There’s the rather pretty driving compartment and a driver at work.


The bridge was opened in 1906. My pictures date from 2002.

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3 Responses to “The Newport Transporter Bridge”

  1. The Transporter Bridge, Middlesbrough Says:

    Lovely images of the Newport Transporter. It is great to see that you guys are as proud of your transporter as we are in Teesside!

    Thanks for the image share

    • locksands Says:

      I must get to the Teesside one some day. I love these solutions to difficult problems. Coming up soon on this blog I shall do the Burgh Island transporter. That’s a wheeled vehicle!

  2. In the Nick of Time | Locksands Life Says:

    […] We have looked at the wonderful transporter bridge before on this blog. Click here for a reminder. […]

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