The Tees Transporter Bridge has been a symbol of the area since it was opened in 1911. It is the largest working transporter bridge in the world and a landmark symbol of Middlesbrough's engineering and industrial might. It was the first bridge in England you can bungee jump from and many people do just that as well as abseil in aid of charity and/or just for thrills.
Tours and facilities are available for meetings, seminars or history presentations, school visits and special events. Visitor Centre Hire: £40 per half day, Ground Tours: £2.00, Full Tour: £4.00, Presentations: £35.
For further information you can telephone: (01642) 247563 also please call to confirm the bridge is open if you are making a special trip as high winds may force the bridge to close from time to time.
The Tees Transporter Bridge is visible in the film 'Billy Elliot' and was sold to Americans in 'Auf Wiedersehn Pet'. It is also the romantic backdrop in Freya North's novel 'Secrets'.
Historical photos of the Tees Transporter bridge for you to enjoy can be found at this link.
Closed - Still open for bridge tours and visits.
The Middlesbrough Transporter is a total of 851 feet (259.3 metres) in length which makes it the longest of those remaining in the world.
Its cantilever construction has three main bridge spans that give it its unique appearance. The bridge is, effectively, two almost independent structures joined at the centre of the River Tees.
Each half of the bridge has an 'anchor' span of 140 feet (42.6 metres) and then cantilevers across the river some 285 feet (86.8 metres) from the tower leg to meet its twin from the opposite bank.
The passenger gondola is suspended by steel cables and runs on a wheel and rail system approximately 160 feet (48.7 metres) above the River Tees.