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Old April 6th, 2014, 08:28 PM   #381
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Glass up the sides of the road, leaving the walkway on each side open as they are, then use the inside to host events. Maybe put in some exhibits about the river's history and the history of quayside etc.

Then when there isn't an event, just use it as an enclosed public space. Maybe have a small coffee shop in it, a small bookshop perhaps. Something that gives the bridge a year-round use for the public. A garden on the top would be pretty cold and windy at times, so having public space underneath too would make it a really good place to visit all the time.
So, not just a linear park but a kind of 'cultural bridge' which in a way could turn the metaphorical into something tangible. Maybe this is just the thing to get more people across to Gateshead and more confidence for investment in the town centre, as well a that part of Newcastle.

I sense an 'open source' generated concept in the making.
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Old April 13th, 2014, 08:56 PM   #382
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Swing Bridge over Tyne getting a repaint, status on 13/04/14

Following up on posts of recent days (this thread post #367 onwards) about the scaffolding at mid point of the bridge these pictures by myself Sunday 13/04/14 from various locations in period approx 1130 - 1145 explain the situation

Pyeroy Ltd (from Dunston) are doing a "repaint" of the Swing Bridge however they are not doing the work to the same specification as they recently carried out on the Forth Rail Bridge - "everything going back to bright metal"

Assume that the grey paint is primer/undercoat - wonder whether the same red finish colour as now is to be applied as finish coat?

















Looking at the "woodwork" it seems that some maintenance work is needed in the future





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Old April 15th, 2014, 10:41 AM   #383
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They need to place a revised height limit sign on the swing bridge with the scaffolding now reducing the distance.
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Old April 15th, 2014, 11:13 AM   #384
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They need to place a revised height limit sign on the swing bridge with the scaffolding now reducing the distance.
That could cause a problem as some high sided vehicles do cross the Swing Bridge.

Some shots taken last night from the High Level Bridge of the ongoing paint work being carried out of the Swing Bridge.








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Old April 15th, 2014, 01:15 PM   #385
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I've sent an email to NCC and Pyeroy just in case. It would be a right mess if someone was to hit it.
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Wylam Bridge - On This Day In History 25th April 1836

This small piece comes from Thomas Fordyce's Local Records for this day in history, 25th April 1836:

"The bridge across the Tyne at Wylam was formally opened. It is of wood, supported by stone pillars and was built by subscription. It affords great accommodation, being passable by both foot passengers and carriages, for which a small toll is charged."

This information from Wikipedia @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wylam_Bridge

The River Tyne at Wylam has been forded for a very long time but because of the industrial revolution in Great Britain, a more suitable method of crossing the river at this point was required to link the ironworks on the north bank with the railway on the south bank so that goods could be taken to Newcastle upon Tyne and other parts of the country. At this time there was a waggonway on the north bank but it only went as far as Lemington. In 1836 a bridge was built over the river constructed from timber sections supported on stone piers, carrying road traffic and a waggonway. In 1897 the bridge ceased to be used for carrying the waggonway because of the construction of Wylam Railway Bridge. In the same year the bridge was strengthened by being reconstructed using steel. A couple of years later in 1899 a new toll house was built on the north side of the bridge, although the original toll house on the south side still stood up until 1960. The toll for pedestrians to cross the bridge was one penny but in 1936 an opposition to the tolls led to their acquisition by Northumberland County Council. The bridge was strengthened again during World War II in 1942 so that tanks and other heavy military vehicles could use it. Improvements to the bridge continued in the 1950s when two piers were replaced because of erosion and in 1959 when the bridge was widened to 24 ft (7.3 m). Improvements continued as recently as 2007, when the railings were strengthened following a fatal car crash in which three people died.

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