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Review of The Humber Bridge

The Humber Bridge
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Owner description: The bridge once held the world record as the longest single span suspension bridge for cars but it remains the longest in the world over which to walk or cycle. More than 100,000 vehicles use the bridge each week, travelling between East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, with the majority using the HumberTAG electronic tolling system.
Reviewed February 11, 2013

You can view from various places, the Hull side has a tourist info centre and you can walk down to the Hessle foreshore, blows away the cobwebs on a windy day!

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Reviewed February 8, 2013

The Humber bridge is a very nice to visit what ever time of year really when you get right up close to is you can really see the sear size of the bridge in all of it's glory from the ground in Hessle foreshore you can see for miles when on the bridge it is very nice to look off on a nice summers day so you can see every thing in much more detail and if you are below the bridge again in Hessle foreshore it is in winter when it is snowing best you can get a few good pictures.

Thank james b
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

I have been crossing this bridge for years an i stiil love it every time i use it. We have taken our grandkids to the park and walked over the bridge and back again it's a lot further than it looks!

Thank Andrew T
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

A must for fans of big bridges and Big fun in a gale!
Oh… wait....Trip advisor is telling me that apparently you need 50 characters or more to review a bridge so OK. Here goes.... For a long time the Humber Estuary was a barrier to trade and development between the two banks and local interests campaigned for over 100 years for the construction of a bridge or tunnel across the estuary. I mean 100 years! I know we are woeful at moving with the times here in the UK but this was glacially slow. Being the North London Politicos filed all concerns in the “don’t care” pile.

The first major crossing proposal was a tunnel scheme in 1872. This scheme was promoted by Hull merchants and businesses dissatisfied with the service provided by the New Holland ferry crossing. Over the next 100 years, a variety of proposals were put forward in an effort to bridge the Humber. When all was said and done, a lot more was said and done. Proving the worth of Local Government.

In 1928, a plan was drawn up by Hull City Council to build a multi-span truss bridge four miles west of Hull between Hessle on the north side and Barton-upon-Humber on the south. However, the scheme sank without a trace after being hit by the financial woes of the great depression of the late 1920's and early 1930's. Despite this fact Americans managed to build the Empire state building during the same Depression. Governments then, as now don’t understand the value of investing in jobs during a financial crisis.
By the way…..The completed Hessle Anchorage is a must see!

Approval for the construction of a suspension bridge was granted in 1959 with the passing of the Humber Bridge Act and the creation of the Humber Bridge Board, although it was not until 1973 that work finally began because it’s Britain and good ideas get destroyed by committees and Government thus taking AGES to transpire.

The reasons why a suspension bridge was chosen were twofold. Firstly OBVIOUSLY….the Humber has a shifting bed and navigable channel along which a craft can travel is always changing; a suspension bridge with no support piers in mid-stream would not obstruct the estuary. Italian ferry captains breath a sigh of relief as less stuff for them to hit is a must! Secondly, because of the geology and topography of the area, the cost of constructing a tunnel would have been excessive and VERY muddy.

Work on the construction proceeded for eight years, during which time many thousands of tonnes of steel and concrete were used and upwards of one thousand workers and staff were employed at times of peak activity. We didn’t count the well deserved Tea bags used but it will be a lot.

When traffic first crossed the bridge on 24th June 1981 many local dreams were fulfilled and similarly many people will have happy memories of the Bridge's official opening on 17th July 1981 when H.M. the Queen performed the formal opening ceremony. Objections were raised when it was suggested she Bungee off the centre span.

The Bridge "opened up" both socially and economically, two previously remote and insular (inbred is a strong word but we are implying it here) areas of England, improving communication enabling the area to realise its potential in commercial, industrial and tourist development which one day it hopefully will.

The Bridge has saved many millions of vehicle miles and many valuable hours of drivers' and passengers' time - an important factor not only for the drivers and operators of commercial vehicles but also for tourists and holidaymakers who would have had to travel around the estuary to reach destinations thus actually seeing more of the region AND giving money to small local business as they did and improving the lot of family business and local economy…….oh! Ahem!

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

The kids love going for walks and bike rides over the bridge, the views are very nice on a clear day.

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