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Tyne Bridge

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Tyne Bridge

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Tyne Bridge

Opened by King George V and Queen Mary in 1928, the Tyne Bridge is one of the northeast’s most readily recognisable landmarks. Influenced by plans for the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia, which was built at the same time, at the time of its completion it was considered a technological miracle. Flanked by a tall granite tower at each end of its 531-foot span, with goods lifts down to the quayside that are still in use today, it cost £1.2m to construct – a staggering sum for the 1920s. It is the high graceful arc that made it such a feat of engineering, its construction surprisingly completed with the loss of just one worker’s life. When it was finished, the King gave his first ever sound broadcast in celebration of the new bridge, and in the days that followed, eager motorists converged from all directions to inaugurate it with its first ever traffic jam.

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Still the most striking of the bridges over the River Tyne, this bridge stands out wherever you are on both banks of the river

Mike Rayner

It may belong to the Geordies and I'm on Teesside but even I can see its an icon!
Ian Wilson

It's long been thought that the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia was based on the Tyne Bridge. This is not the case. Work started on the Sydney Bridge before building began on the Tyne Bridge. The confusion arises because the Sydney Harbour Bridge took longer to complete due to its larger size. The Sydney Harbour Bridge finally opened in 1932, three years after the Tyne Bridge
Quote - BBC - Nation on Film

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