This world's first tilting bridge takes its place at the end of a line of distinguished bridges across the River Tyne, linking Gateshead Quays accessibly to the center of Newcastle. The bridge is made up of a pair of steel arches: the deck that comprises the pedestrian and cycle path and the supporting deck that forms an arc over the river. The pedestrian and cycle deck is an almost-horizontal curve, suspended above the river from a series of suspension cables. The bridge tilts as a single, rigid structure. As the arch tilts lower, the pathway rises, each counterbalancing the other so that a minimum of energy is needed. The simplicity of the idea and the geometry of the curves (while moving and in its rest state) are superbly elegant. Jonathan Speirs and Associates was commisioned to design the lighting. They created a complex design to fully illuminate the bridge without causing light pollution.
The bridge opens at pre-announced times as well as in response to shipping needs at other times. Opening times may vary by week; check for times and other visitor information at www.gateshead.gov.uk.
How to get there?
The yellow Quaylink bus links Gateshead and Newcastle waterfronts and runs every 10 minutes (7am to midnight seven days a week). Service Q1 runs from Gateshead Interchange, taking in The Sage Gateshead, BALTIC, Newcastle Quayside and ending at Newcastle Central Station. Service Q2 will begin at Haymarket and travel via Newgate Street, Theatre Royal and along Newcastle Quayside as far as Ouseburn. The nearest Tyne & Wear Metro Station is located at Gateshead Interchange, a 5 minute stroll.