About the project
The Transporter Bridge is the furthest downstream bridge across the River Tees, England. It connects Middlesbrough on the south bank to Port Clarence on the north bank. Prior to the age of the motor car, the Transporter Bridge provided headroom of 48.8m and a clear span of 174m to accommodate sailing ships using the River Tees. Vehicles and foot passengers are carried by means of a gondola suspended from an upper carriage that runs on rails attached to the underside of the 2,600 tonne steel structure.
This structure was designed by Cleveland Bridge, who were also appointed consulting engineers to oversee the overall construction of this project. It is the largest of the transporter bridges operating in the world and provides a valuable public transport service, crossing the river in two minutes.