Tyne Bridge turns 90

Image of the quayside looking up to the newly built Tyne Bridge 90 years ago
The Tyne Brige is 90

The iconic Tyne Bridge which spans Newcastle and Gateshead officially turns 90 tomorrow (Wednesday 10 October).

One of seven bridges crossing the River Tyne, the Grade II* listed bridge was officially opened on 10 October 1928 by King George V and has since become a defining symbol of the North East.

Built for the new age of the motorised-vehicle and to cope with increasing traffic crossing the Tyne, the steel and granite bridge was a major engineering feat of the early 20th century.

Cllr Arlene Ainsley, Chair of the Joint Tyne Bridges Committee said: “The Tyne Bridge is known the world over and conjures up passionate feelings of home for Geordies.

“For 90 years this bridge has been the gateway to our fantastic city, proudly spanning the River Tyne.

“We have to applaud the ambition of both councils back in 1924 to build such an iconic bridge that would become a striking part of the Tyneside skyline.”

At the time of its construction, the Tyne Bridge was the world’s longest span bridge.

The King and Queen were first to cross the bridge, as thousands of people lined the streets for the opening ceremony. School children were given the day off to mark the occasion.

Construction of the bridge started in August 1925 using shipbuilding techniques by local shipyard workers and was regarded as a valuable trial for the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Nowadays over 70,000 vehicles use the bridge each day as it's one of the busiest routes into the city.

The Tyne Bridge is also a key part of the annual great North Run as 54,000 runners pass over the bridge accompanied by a display from the Red Arrows.