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Stephenson’s story told 160 years on

Three interpretation panels have been unveiled at Berwick Station in Northumberland to mark the 160th anniversary of Robert Stephenson’s Royal Border Bridge across the Tweed.

The bridge was officially opened by Queen Victoria on 29 August 1850.

The panels tell the story of the Royal Border Bridge and were unveiled by ICE President Paul Jowitt as a permanent feature on the concourse at Berwick-upon- Tweed station.

They will form part of the legacy of the Stephenson 150 Festival held in Berwick upon Tweed in 2009 to mark the 150th anniversary of the death of the famous designer, civil engineer and railway pioneer.

“Robert Stephenson is one of the most famous and renowned past presidents of the ICE, so unveiling these panels is a huge honour.”

ICE’s Paul Jowitt

“Robert Stephenson is one of the most famous and renowned past presidents of the ICE, so unveiling these panels is a huge honour and I am very proud to be following in the footsteps of such a great civil engineering pioneer,” said Jowitt.

During his visit to the North East the president also visited the project site for the New Tyne Crossing, arguably one of the most significant projects to shape the infrastructure of the North East for many years.

The new road tunnel is being built to ease congestion in the existing tunnel under the river. Jowitt was the first guest to be taken through into the river tunnel section.

“Being the first person to be able to walk through into the river tunnel section was a great honour,” said Jowitt. “This development is an example of how growth within the engineering industry has had a positive affect on the region,” he said.

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