Newport Transporter Bridge

The remarkable Newport Transporter Bridge is one of only six operational transporter bridges left world wide from a total of twenty constructed.

The bridge was built to allow workers to travel  from the west side of the River Usk to work on the east. It replaced  an earlier ferry, which was unreliable because of the high tidal range at Newport.

The bridge cost £98,000 (£7.7 million in 2017) to complete and was opened on September 12 1906 by Lord Tredegar of Tredegar House. The main span is 197 metres wide and the two towers are 74 metres tall. The gondola, suspended below the main span, travels at 3 metres per second.

Take a ride on the gondola and then walk back over the top for spectacular views of Newport and across the Levels.

More information

For more information about the Transporter Bridge and opening times, visit the Newport Museums and Heritage website.

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