By Tosh Warwick
Tuesday 15 Oct 2013 19:12:00
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Celebrations to mark the Tees Transporter Bridge’s 102nd birthday are changing venue due to the on-going programme of renovation works.

The 102nd Birthday Event - supported by the £2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project – was due to take place in the Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre on Thursday, October 17 as part of Discover Middlesbrough, but will now take place at noon in the Education Room at Teesside Archives.

A Transporter Bridge Exhibition at the Exchange Square venue will also be open to visitors. Booking is not essential but is recommended - call 01642 728818 or email

The on-going upgrade and refurbishment work means the Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre and site will remain closed to members of the public for a number of weeks.

The project will see a number of major improvements including the installation of lift access to the Bridge’s upper walkway, renovation of the gondola and Visitor Centre, development of a heritage trail and an extensive programme of education activities and events.

For more information on the Transporter Bridge and Discover Middlesbrough visit

  • There will be a Behind the Scenes Tour of Teesside Archives at 10.30am on Thursday, October 17 prior to the Transporter Bridge Event. For more information or to book a place, call 01642 248321.

In 2011, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) confirmed a £2.6m grant for refurbishment and upgrade work to the Transporter Bridge, which celebrated its 100th birthday in October 2011.

Plans include:

  • The installation of a glass viewing lift, giving visitors stunning views across the Tees Valley and a bird’s eye view of the former industrial heart of the region.

  • Improvements to the walkway across the top to increase public access.

  • Motor replacement to improve reliability, enhanced signage and improved lighting.

  • Restoration work to the gondola, provision of a viewing area to the motor room and a visitor centre upgrade.

  • A seven-month programme of celebration events to raise awareness of the Bridge and the area’s heritage.

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. HLF has supported more than 33,000 projects allocating £4.9 billion across the UK. Website:

For further information on the HLF, contact Laura Bates on 0207 591 6027 or 07915 608729 or by email at

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