Newport Transporter Bridge – A History



The Newport Transporter Bridge traverses River Usk. A Grade I listed structure, the transporter bridge in South Wales is one of eight still in use. Maintained by Newport City Council, the Newport Transporter Bridge has a length of 645 feet or just over 196 metres. At its longest span, it measures 594 feet or 181 metres. The transporter platform, also known as a gondola, travels the length of the bridge at ten feet per second or three metres per second.

The design features two towers and was originally selected to allow ships to pass underneath. The Newport Transporter Bridge was designed by French engineer Ferdinand Arnodin, a specialist in cable transporters and inventor of the transporter bridge. The iconic bridge, a symbol for the City of Newport, was officially opened on 12 September 1906 by Godfrey Charles Morgan, 1st Viscount Tredegar. Today, the toll bridge is used by cyclists, pedestrians and cars.

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