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Old February 28th, 2013, 10:16 AM   #261
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85 years of the Tyne Bridge: Landmark’s a star attraction
Part Three of the "85th Year Articles", by Joanne Butcher, Evening Chronicle, February 27th 2013


Cliff Richard lends his support to the NewcastleGateshead stand at the Chelsea Flower show

A TRUE icon of the North East, the image of the Tyne Bridge has become synonymous with Newcastle around the UK and the world. From the moment the first foundations were laid in July 1925, the Tyne Bridge has been caught on film and its arch has been constantly captured, copied and recreated over the past 85 years.

Construction firm Dorman Long commissioned a series of photographs as they started the building work, which were shown in 'Part Two' on 26th February. Step by step, the photographs show the bridge reaching out from each side of the river until the arch met on February 25, 1928. In recent years those images – showing the “monkey men” workers perched high above the city’s skyscape – were exhibited at the Side Gallery in Newcastle.

Graeme Rigby, of the Amber Film and Photography Collective who run the gallery, said it is believed the pictures were commissioned to demonstrate Dorman Long’s building capabilities across the globe. “They were taken by a professional photographer in Newcastle,” he said. “They are an example of very fine industrial photography, which was once a very strong tradition in photography. “We don’t think they were exhibited at the time but were commissioned by the manufacturer to sell more bridges around the world.”

However, some photos were sold – Tyne and Wear Archives hold a series of postcards showing the bridge building between 1925 and 1928. Dorman Long also produced a promotional film about the building project, while King George V’s speech to open the bridge was recorded in what was his first “talkie”. Ever since, professional and amateur photographers alike have captured the Tyne Bridge in every season and at every time of day.


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85 years of the Tyne Bridge: Arrows point to iconic bridge
Part Four of the "85th Year Articles", by Joanne Butcher, Evening Chronicle, February 28th 2013


Olympic Rings on the Tyne Bridge in the summer of 2012

LONDON 2012’s organising committee last year chose the Tyne Bridge to display the country’s biggest Olympic rings. The rings, which were over 25m wide and 12m tall, weighed more than 4,000kg and were erected on the bridge as Olympic excitement built last summer. Specially-built by commercial signage specialists Signmaster ED Ltd of Kelso, Scotland, they appeared overnight on the bridge in June, transforming the panorama of the river ahead of Olympic football at St James’ Park. Despite attempts by Newcastle City Council to keep the rings, they had to be taken down in autumn, with plans to fly them to Rio for the next Olympic Games in 2016.

Sarah Stewart, chief executive of 'destination management and marketing' in the NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said the rings were a “highlight” of the bridge’s history. “The Tyne Bridge is one of the most recognisable icons in not just the North East, but the UK as a whole,” she said. “The bridge is often seen at the heart of some of the our best known events. Undoubtedly, the bridge’s role in the London 2012 Olympic Games has been one of the highlights of its 85 years. There were many photos of the bridge dressed in the Olympic Rings used in much of the games coverage both nationally and internationally.


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85 years of the Tyne Bridge: Crossing of the great divide
Part Five of the "85th Year Articles", by Joanne Butcher, Evening Chronicle, March 1st 2013


Construction of the Tyne Bridge 85 years ago. Painters at work get a novel view of Newcastle

IT made headlines around the world when it was built, and 85 years later, the Tyne Bridge is still in the news. As part of our week-long celebration of its anniversary, we’re taking a look back at some of the landmark’s most memorable moments. Most people can say they’re either from north of the Tyne or south – but in 1984 one little lad was born right in the middle. Aaran Barker was delivered in an ambulance between Newcastle and Gateshead at 2am on November 9th 1984. Leading ambulanceman Bill Shields, from Stanley, said at the time: “You can’t get much more Geordie than that.”

Amazingly, in 2003 it happened again, when Jermaine Okon Armstrong arrived halfway across. Mum Jennifer, 18, went into labour and was on her way to the RVI. “I suddenly knew the baby was about to come and the driver pulled in at the Gateshead end of the Tyne Bridge and climbed in the back to help,” she said at the time. “It all happened very fast.” Jermaine – who weighed six pounds, six ounces – was named after Newcastle United player, Jermaine Jenas.

Incidentally, the bridge cost around £66,000 to repaint in 1976, but 10 times that in 1985, and £1.9m in 2000.


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85 years of the Tyne Bridge: Your Own Memories
Part Six of the "85th Year Articles", by Joanne Butcher, Evening Chronicle, March 2nd 2013


Robert Parkin with the amazing miniature Tyne Bridge in a bottle which he built

ALL WEEK we have been celebrating 85 years of the Tyne Bridge and we have been asking for your memories, stories and pictures of one of Tyneside’s true icons. Today, we share some of those tales of what the bridge means to you.

Robert Parkin, from Wallsend, paid tribute to the bridge by crafting an amazing miniature Tyne Bridge in a bottle (see photo). The 84-year-old has been building miniatures in bottles since he was 14. “I’m the same age as the bridge so I just thought it seemed like a good idea. I made it last November,” the retired builder said. “It was on display at the Sandman Signature Hotel for a while after I made it, but now it’s just on the mantelpiece at home.

For James Ellison, the Tyne Bridge is almost part of the family. He grew up in its shadow and his brother Michael used to step in when the regular lift operator was ill or on holiday. “My father and grandparents worked as caretakers at the old bank underneath the bridge,” said James, who now lives in Etal Park. “My brother worked for the council in the highways department and if the normal lift operator was off, the council would ring him up to ask him to step in. I think it was just because he lived so close.”

Meanwhile Pat Sharp’s father was given the honour of opening the lift in the Tyne Bridge’s Gateshead tower. Fred Hutchinson was a young clerk at the Gateshead Corporation at the time. “My mother told me he was asked to open one of the lifts, but we don’t know why,” she said. “He would only have been in his early 20s as he died in 1932, when he was just 27, from cancer.”


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Old March 3rd, 2013, 09:59 PM   #265
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proposed tyne bridges

The 1925 proposal for the St Anthony's road bridge

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1945 plan for a bridge next to the high level bridge

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Old May 11th, 2013, 11:42 AM   #266
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High Level Bridge - "love padlocks" affixed to safety mesh

Pictured these using mobile phone a few weeks back ( forgot to post until now)

Padlocks clipped onto the safety mesh to east footpath, Gateshead side of bridge



Another craze - "Love padlocks (also known as love locks and, in Taiwan, wish locks) are a custom by which padlocks are affixed to a fence, gate, bridge or similar public fixture by sweethearts at an increasing number of locations in the world to symbolize their everlasting love."

http://ideasforedmonton.com/ideas/love-padlocks-tree/

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Old May 12th, 2013, 09:50 AM   #267
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Another craze - "Love padlocks (also known as love locks and, in Taiwan, wish locks) are a custom by which padlocks are affixed to a fence, gate, bridge or similar public fixture by sweethearts at an increasing number of locations in the world to symbolize their everlasting love."
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These are like graffiti - if you don't remove them immediately, you'll get a lot more of them.
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Old May 12th, 2013, 10:58 AM   #268
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The Tyne bridge and central motorway are not really up to the job of carrying today's traffic.

Any plans floated about a complementary bridge in a similar style?

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Old May 14th, 2013, 01:13 AM   #269
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The Tyne bridge and central motorway are not really up to the job of carrying today's traffic.

Any plans floated about a complementary bridge in a similar style?

No offence buddy, but over my dead body!
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Old May 14th, 2013, 03:05 PM   #270
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Paradise Bridge

There may be another crossing of the Tyne being planned.

http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/sites/dr..._june_2012.pdf

Look at the final paragraph.
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Old May 14th, 2013, 03:16 PM   #271
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There may be another crossing of the Tyne being planned.

http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/sites/dr..._june_2012.pdf

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5.2.7 Paradise Bridge

Modelling indicates that Paradise Bridge (between Scotswood and the MetroCentre) would support in the medium term the Urban Core Distributor Road.
Work is ongoing on this.

2. A1 Relief measures
Paradise Bridge (Scotswood to Metrogreen, Metrocentre) - Total Newcastle Gateshead cost £45 milion
Source: http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/sites/dr...p_schedule.pdf
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Needed a crossing there for some time, maybe hook it up to Mandella Way or Handy Drive?
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Needed a crossing there for some time, maybe hook it up to Mandella Way or Handy Drive?
Back in the distant past there were discussions about a potential foot bridge linking the MetroCentre to the north side but that must have been in the days when money was no object
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Old May 14th, 2013, 03:45 PM   #274
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Could CSC be jigged into giving a bit of cash?

Alleviation of traffic and directing it to Metrocentre would only be in their benefit though Handy Drive would need major work to cope with anymore traffic, especially considering the addition of the bus depot
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5.2.7 Paradise Bridge

Modelling indicates that Paradise Bridge (between Scotswood and the MetroCentre) would support in the medium term the Urban Core Distributor Road.
Work is ongoing on this.

2. A1 Relief measures
Paradise Bridge (Scotswood to Metrogreen, Metrocentre) - Total Newcastle Gateshead cost £45 milion
Source: http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/sites/dr...p_schedule.pdf
Would a crossing down stream from the Tyne Bridge not be a better idea, as apart from the Tunnel there's nothing between it and the sea?

Build it next to Gateshead Stadium over to near where Spillers was, feed it from the felling bypass (to take traffic heading towards the Tyne bridge off it), and hook the other end up to anew road on the old riverside railway line in walker straight up to a roundabout on the Shields road bypass (A193).
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Would a crossing down stream from the Tyne Bridge not be a better idea, as apart from the Tunnel there's nothing between it and the sea?

Build it next to Gateshead Stadium over to near where Spillers was, feed it from the felling bypass (to take traffic heading towards the Tyne bridge off it), and hook the other end up to anew road on the old riverside railway line in walker straight up to a roundabout on the Shields road bypass (A193).
Why? What need would it meet?
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Why? What need would it meet?
Ease chronic congestion on the Tyne Bridge and Felling bypass at rush hour
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Ease chronic congestion on the Tyne Bridge and Felling bypass at rush hour
Where do you think the overwhelming majority of that traffic is going to? It's going into the city centre or else trying to get to the A1. A bridge at St. Anthony's would simply make things much worse on the eastern approaches from Byker where there really isn't any scope to widen anything for basic reasons of topography.

Building roads over disused railway lines isn't viable, they're too narrow. Even then, the level of embankment strengthening required on the old riverside route would render the idea cost prohibitive given the much greater weight of a road vis a vis rail and the massively higher loads it has to carry.
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Where do you think the overwhelming majority of that traffic is going to? It's going into the city centre or else trying to get to the A1.

That is because they have no choice, they have to go through the city centre to get across the tyne.
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That is because they have no choice, they have to go through the city centre to get across the tyne.
I very much doubt that sufficient numbers of those crossing from Gateshead into Newcastle via the Tyne Bridge are then going back out east again at the end to justify an entire new bridge.

I really see no need for a new road bridge between the Tyne Bridge and Tyne Tunnel. If a 4-lane bridge were somehow built where Tynesiders proposed, that would require the bulldozing of half of St. Peter's basin for a start. Linking it up to the end of Byker Bridge, even if a link road could somehow be squeezed onto the old Riverside Route line and built without being crushingly expensive (highly unlikely given the stabilisation required and the need to replace in their entirety at least three bridges that currently pass over the old line), then that still deposits a ton of extra traffic from Gateshead at the end of the two-lane Byker Bridge because there's nowhere else for it to emerge. How much of that traffic is really going to be going east from there? I would suggest most of it will be trying to get into the centre of Newcastle (i.e. onto the Byker Bridge, rather than away from it). You transfer one bottleneck to create another that would be a lot worse for little obvious gain. And how does a new road even get to the junction in question without pulling bits of the Byker Wall down? Does it end up being driven through Shepherds scrap yard to Byker Bank? How does it even get out of the very deep riverside branch cutting in order to do so? Anyone familiar with the topography of that section of the old Branch is going to be very sceptical about any such scheme being possible.

Anyone who is seeking the Coast Road from Gateshead is always going to be much better off using the Tunnel. Traffic jams snaking up Chillingham Road aren't going to be a great deal more tolerable than ones approaching the Tyne Bridge, and considerably slower moving to boot.

The position of the Ouseburn and the limited numbers of crossings thereof really precludes the construction of any river crossing that is going to draw more traffic to the East End of Newcastle en route to the city centre. You could perhaps see the benefit, to a degree, of an easier Gateshead-North Tyneside route, but I doubt that particular requirement is sufficiently widespread to justify the tremendous expense of any such scheme, especially since there's a second tunnel now anyway.

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