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Repairs shut Middlesbrough bridge

An iconic bridge in Middlesbrough is to be closed for a final sprucing-up ahead of its centenary next year.

The Transporter Bridge will shut for four weeks from Sunday so that its electric motors and drive system can be replaced for the first time in almost 100 years.

Middlesbrough Council said the renovations would improve the safety and reliability of the structure, as well as reducing how long the Transporter is closed for routine maintenance.

Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s executive member for transport, said: “The Transporter Bridge is an iconic and much-loved landmark which remains in full working order nearly a hundred years after it first carried passengers across the Tees.

“That’s only possible thanks to a detailed maintenance and repair programme which will ensure it enters its second century in fine shape following next year’s celebrations.

“I’m grateful to motorists and pedestrians for their patience while this latest work is carried out, and I’m delighted to say that when the Transporter re-opens next month it will be better and more reliable than ever.”

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