Newport’s historic Transporter Bridge, one of only eight in the world, officially reopened to the public today after a £1.225M refurbishment project.
Originally opened in 1906, the Grade I listed structure carries passengers across the River Usk on an electrically powered gondola that travels between two towers measuring 74m each.
The refurbishment is one of the legacies of The Ryder Cup, which Newport is hosting from 1 - 3 October, with funding from the Welsh Assembly Government, Newport City Council and Cadw. The project took six months, during which time 12 abseiling painters were dangling from the towers on a typical day to repaint approximately four miles of steel.
“The Transporter Bridge is a Newport landmark and a magnificent reminder of our history and heritage, particularly as we look forward to hosting the Ryder Cup in October,” sai Newport City Council leader Matthew Evans. “Being one of only several in the world makes this reopening even more significant and we are delighted to welcome visitors back to the Bridge.”