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Newport Transporter Bridge
Ranked #1 of 46 things to do in Newport
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Designed by Ferdinand Arnodin and opened in 1906, this is a real triumph of engineering and the fact that it is still operational is a credit to Newport. If you appreciate industrial architecture you cannot afford to miss this wonderful living monument., which still makes its stately journey across the river every day. Whether you travel as a foot passenger or take the car across it is certainly worth the trip! At the height of its use the men that worked in heavy industry would have paid a small sum to walk ACROSS the top of the bridge rather than travel on the pagoda platform. These days it is only possible to make that giddying trip on high days and holidays - and while it affords magnificent views, including the Severn Crossings on a clear day, it isnt for the faint-hearted! Now then charity abseiling can be seen - but that is just plain bonkers! If you are travelling through on the M4 in South Wales, make the detour and bring your camera.

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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Easy to find from the edge of the City, the Transporter Bridge is an imposing and magnificent sight, spanning the wide River Usk in Newport, South Wales.
The bridge is a Grade 1 Listed Structure opened in 1906. Its original purpose was to transport workers from the largely residential area on one side of the river to the industrial area on the other.
Vehicles and passengers are carried on a gondola/platform suspended from the overhead gantry.
When the bridge was built there was a huge amount of high masted river traffic, making its way up to the centre of Newport, meaning that a conventional bridge would be impractical.

Only two similar others like it are still in operation in the UK, and seven others in the rest of the world, not all still in use. Newport City Council own the bridge and run it, and their website is at
http://www.newport.gov.uk/_dc/index.cfm?fuseaction=transporter.homepage

The Friends Organisation FONTB are at http://www.fontb.org.uk/

It's possible to walk over the bridge top on Open Days, although I've never felt able to do so, in spite of using the bridge many hundreds of times on the way to work.

There is nothing else near to the bridge to really attract visitors, but if you're interested in this sort of thing, or photography it's a great place to visit for an hour or so.
There is a visitor centre adjacent, open at various times with friendly knowledgeable people ready to help.

Thank Roger J
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

but why is it not open, or advertised. We need brown signs, and some more regular opening, as its one of a few left in the world- Come on Newport City Council

Thank floridaMolly
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Although I said more than a year ago it could have been last week. This is another method in Newport of traversing the river Usk and had been for a number of years the only way to cross until the George Street Bridge was opened in 1964. It is one of only 3 in Britain and is still carrying cars across the river at a £1 charge per vehicle.

Thank BigDai70
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

I lived in Newport for 22 years an visit every opportunity I get. This bridge is by far the major landmark of Newport and as it is only £1 per car it is well worth the trip to see this. It used to connect Pillgwenlly with the old Coronation Park, now the park has dwindled in size and it connects to a mainly industrial area, but if you need to get from the Cardiff side of Newport to the Severn Bridge, take a detour and go through Pillgwenlly and take the bridge it wouldnt take much longer and you would be stepping back in history.

Thank Julie K
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