31 May 2011
The UK's Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has confirmed a grant of US$4.28 million for essential improvements to the Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough.
The award was announced as part of a US$18.1 million package of grants for five heritages sites.
The Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge is fully operational and provides a regular quarter-hourly service over the River Tees between Middlesbrough and Port Clarence for 18 hours a day. In recent years the Transporter has also become home to regular fundraising events involving bungee jumping, zip lining and abseiling from the structure.
The Grade II listed Transporter Bridge is one of only a handful of its kind in the world. It stands as a landmark on the River Tees as well as a reminder of the town’s long iron and engineering heritage. The bridge celebrates its centenery in October.
HLF’s grant will enable Middlesbrough Council to make essential improvements allowing the public to experience the views including new lifts and a restored gondola. A range of educational activities will also be on offer, such as workshops for local schools and trips to the Teesside Archives where people will have the chance to learn more about the bridge’s history.