The Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge has been a symbol of the area since it was opened in 1911. Middlesbrough proudly celebrated its centenary in 2011. There are only two other Transporter Bridges still in existence in Britain. These bridges are at Newport (Gwent), opened 1906 and Warrington, opened 1916.
In December 1993, the bridge was awarded the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' highest honour, The Heritage Plaque, for engineering excellence. Its historical importance was also recognised in 1985 by its listing as a Grade II* Listed Building.
The Middlesbrough Transporter is a total of 851 feet (259.3 metres) in length, the largest of all Transporter Bridges operating worldwide.
The Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge is fully operational and provides a regular service between Middlesbrough and Port Clarence, on Monday - Saturday. It provides a valuable public transport service, crossing the river in two minutes.
Middlesbrough railway station, is managed by train operating company First TransPennine Express (FTPE), with around 1.4m passengers using the station every year. The station is a Grade II listed building.
Monday - Saturday: 05:20 - 23:30
Sunday: 07:40 - 00:30
The station is served by a number of lines: the Tees Valley Line from Bishop Auckland & Darlington to Saltburn (Northern Rail), the Esk Valley Line to Whitby via Nunthorpe and Grosmont (Northern Rail), the Durham Coast Line to Newcastle via Hartlepool and Sunderland (Northern Rail), the North TransPennine line to Manchester Airport via York and Leeds (First TransPennine Express).
The station car park is currently closed due to redevelopment. Customers are advised to use the parking facilities located on Wood Street or the Zetland multi-storey car park.
Platform Arts is a registered charity and provides affordable studio space for visual artists in the Tees Valley.
Platform Arts occupies purpose built studios within Middlesbrough Railway Station, a Grade II listed building. Housed in the old British Rail Parcel Store and Fish Quay, Platform Arts is the latest addition to Boho (Middlesbrough's creative and cultural quarter).
Artists within the new studios include contemporary painters, printmakers, sculptors and craftspeople.
Many of the self employed artists work on commissions and exhibit nationally and internationally whilst also facilitating community and educational projects both locally and nationally.
Platform A Gallery at Middlesbrough Railway Station
Founded as an extension to Platform Arts Studios in 2011, Platform A is a gallery dedicated to innovative developments in contemporary art through its diverse programme of exhibitions and is located on Platform 1 of Middlesbrough Railway Station.
Platform A represents emerging and established artists. Platform A is committed to working creatively, exploring new approaches to arrive at the best outcomes to provide the highest calibre exhibition programme.
Middlesbrough Bus Station opened in 2002 and is the major transport hub within the Tees Valley providing local bus services to and from cities, town and villages around the Teesside area going as far afield as Scarborough, Darlington and Newcastle upon Tyne.
As well as local services the bus station also provides a newly refurbished, dedicated coach lounge where National Express run regular coach services from Middlesbrough to London, as well as other destinations including Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and more.
The bus station is located in the heart of the town centre and serves as a thoroughfare between two of the town’s major shopping areas – The Hillstreet shopping centre and Captain Cook Square and is in close proximity to the Cleveland Centre and Dundas Shopping.
In addition, the station itself houses 11 shop units, offices and public toilets including Middlesbrough’s first Changing Place facility.
The building receives in excess of 36,500 visitors a day and is open from 05:00am to 00:30am daily to accommodate the intercity coach services as well as 120 local buses per hour at peak times.
Shops within the Bus Station
Talk Talk Mobile Phones, Superstitch, Milligans Café, Occasions Newsagents, MEC Bike shop, Regal Amusements, Arriva Travel Shop, Bells Butchers, Appleyard Locksmiths, Karisma fashion and Elegance Florist.
Middlesbrough features an extensive network of cycle routes to encourage journeys by bicycle. It now hosts a section of National Cycle Network routes NCN1 around the River Tees, and the start/end point of NCN65 at the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge.