STILL STANDING TALL

The Tees Transporter Bridge, known locally as simply 'The Transporter' was built between 1910 and 1911 at a cost of £68,026 6s 8d (equivalent to £6,490,000 in 2015 values).

It was created to replace the 'Hugh Bell' and 'Erimus' steam ferry services that plied their trade across the hugely busy river after Parliament ruled that the new scheme of crossing the river had to avoid affecting the existing river navigation.

Having witnessed Teesside's painful industrial demise, it has since featured in films and TV programmes including Boys from the Blackstuff, Billy Elliot, The Fast Show, Spender and Steel River Blues. The storyline of the third series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, saw the bridge dismantled to be sold to and re-erected in the USA. The local council received calls from people worried that the bridge was really being pulled down, with the BBC adding a disclaimer on the end of the final episode of the series stating that 'The Transporter Bridge remains in Middlesbrough'.

Despite pressure to decommission the bridge during times of economic downturn, the now Grade II listed structure is still running in perfect order.

Date: 28/12/2016

Location: Middlesbrough, Teesside, UK.

STILL STANDING TALL

The Tees Transporter Bridge, known locally as simply 'The Transporter' was built between 1910 and 1911 at a cost of £68,026 6s 8d (equivalent to £6,490,000 in 2015 values).

It was created to replace the 'Hugh Bell' and 'Erimus' steam ferry services that plied their trade across the hugely busy river after Parliament ruled that the new scheme of crossing the river had to avoid affecting the existing river navigation.

Having witnessed Teesside's painful industrial demise, it has since featured in films and TV programmes including Boys from the Blackstuff, Billy Elliot, The Fast Show, Spender and Steel River Blues. The storyline of the third series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, saw the bridge dismantled to be sold to and re-erected in the USA. The local council received calls from people worried that the bridge was really being pulled down, with the BBC adding a disclaimer on the end of the final episode of the series stating that 'The Transporter Bridge remains in Middlesbrough'.

Despite pressure to decommission the bridge during times of economic downturn, the now Grade II listed structure is still running in perfect order.

Date: 28/12/2016

Location: Middlesbrough, Teesside, UK.