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Old December 23rd, 2015, 04:54 PM   #681
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I really hope they consider cleaning the towers and possibly relocating the kittiwakes to new purpose built towers.
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Old December 27th, 2015, 11:07 PM   #682
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Love Locks on High Level Bridge

27th December 2015

A few pictures of the "love lock" collection on the east side, southern end of High Level Bridge. It's certainly growing.

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Old January 10th, 2016, 08:28 PM   #683
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The Ovingham Bridge sage continues......

From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...emain-10635130
Northumberland floods: Ovingham bridge to remain closed until new year 'at earliest'
22 Dec 2015 By Brian Daniel



A road bridge in Northumberland which shut following Storm Desmond days after reopening faces being out of action until the New Year “at the earliest.”[/url][/B]
Latest word from NCC is that Ovvy bridge will likely remain closed for several months.

What a farce
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 08:12 PM   #684
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A recent article in 'The Chronicle' on 1st February 2016, about a North Shields/South Shields Bridge proposal that never happened reminded me about the below early post (from 2009) on this very thread . . .

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PROPOSED NORTH SHIELDS- SOUTH SHIELDS BRIDGES

Over the years there have been several proposals for bridges over the Tyne between the river mouth and Newcastle/Gateshead. Perhaps the most interesting were those intended to link North and South Shields.

In the late 19th century Tynemouth and South Shields formed a joint committee to look at the possibility of a bridge but an objection from the Tyne Improvement Commission (TIC) that shipping would be obstructed led to failure. Another proposal from a company wanting to build a transporter bridge was ultimately defeated in Parliament.

In the 1920's more proposals surfaced; for an opening cantilever bridge, for a railway tunnel and yet another bridge to be accessed by spiral ramps at either end to gain the necessary height to overcome shipping clearance problems voiced by the TIC.

Other designs followed, for other cantilever bridges, one a novel cantilever swing bridge. Discussions between the councils and the Ministry of Transport for a road/rail crossing eventually came to nought owing to cost and TIC opposition.

Since then no serious proposals have emerged for a road or rail crossing. It is strange that a bridge to link the Metro system on either side of the river has not been proposed, perhaps as part of a joint road/rail bridge.

The favoured solution to demands for a new crossing seem always to involve a Howdon - Jarrow location, although this does enable linking of Teeside and the A1 in Northumberland, as with the Tyne Tunnel.

Cross-Tyne Bridge Proposals of the Past . . .

Road bridges at North/South Shields - 1887, 1893, 1901, 1930 (two proposals, one linking Tynemouth rather than North Shields), 1934.

Transporter bridge at North/South Shields - 1901.

Cantilever bridges at North/South Shields - 1926, 1929, (3 proposals).

NOW - Here is the mentioned Chronicle article of 1st February 2016 . . .


The 1967 'Golden Gate' bridge over the River Tyne that never came to fruition
By David Morton, The Chronicle, 1st February 2016


How a bridge over the River Tyne between North and South Shields, proposed in the mid-1960s, might have looked

Bridges. If you’re out and about near the River Tyne at the centre of Newcastle and Gateshead, you can’t really miss them. They’ve been an integral part of our regional landscape for decades - a transport necessity for those travelling North or South across the river. We recently published fantastic footage of the Tyne Bride under construction in 1927-28 on our website, ChronicleLive and on the Chronicle’s Facebook page. Meanwhile, who knows of the bridge over the River Tyne that never was?

We’re all familiar with the High Level Bridge, the Millennium Bridge, the Swing Bridge, and the rest, which are all magnificent in their own way, but imagine something as spectacular as San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge spanning the Tyne. This was the plan put forward by one of the region’s leading architects in 1967. It was the brainchild of Dennis Clark Slater, architect planner of Cramlington New Town, and would span “the Narrows” between Low Lights, North Shields and Lawe Road, South Shields. His idea for a graceful suspension bridge would employ the high ground on either side of the river, which would give it enough height for the tallest ocean-going vessels to pass below.

The bridge would have a span of 2,000 feet, compared to the 531ft span of the Tyne Bridge. It would be half a mile in length, and the estimated cost at the time would be around £16m - about 20% of the cost of an nuclear submarine, or the price of two Concorde aircraft. The plan was a non-starter, of course, and the Tyne Tunnel (today there are two tunnels) between Jarrow and Howdon was to be the preferred solution to the challenge of increasingly busy North-South traffic in this part of the world.

Having said that, a “Golden Gate bridge” near the mouth of the Tyne might have looked rather impressive.

Read More - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...=FB-Chron-main
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