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Plans to turn Humber Bridge into tourist attraction

Plans have been announced to boost tourism at the Humber Bridge as part of Hull's City of Culture event in 2017.

Tourism chiefs are hoping to turn the Humber Bridge into a major tourist attraction Credit: Press Association

As one of the region's most famous structures - it is hoped the single span suspension bridge could become a visitor experience similar to the Golden Gate in San Francisco.

It comes on the day council leaders expressed hopes of bringing the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious to the City.

Lane closure on Humber Bridge for vital repair work

Humber Bridge Credit: ITV Yorkshire

One of the southbound lanes on the Humber Bridge will be closed from today as part of on-going essential maintenance work to strengthen the landmark crossing.

The £3.9m project to replace four solid steel "A-frames", which connect the main span bridge deck to the towers at either end of the bridge, will require the closure of the nearside lane.

The changes to traffic flow are necessary to reduce the load on the structure whilst the work is carried out and to enable safe access to the working areas.

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Countdown for £3.9m Humber Bridge repair works begins

General view of the Humber Bridge Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

The countdown is on for the £3.9m repairs to the Humber Bridge. One lane over the bridge will be closed for the repair works, which include replacing four steel frames to strengthen the landmark crossing. The work is expected to start on October 28 and will last 40 weeks

"We appreciate that customers will be worried that this work could affect traffic flow in and around the Humber Bridge toll area but we want to stress that we are doing all we can to minimise any impact.

At peak times we will have three approach lanes and three toll booths open in each direction, as at present. We will only reduce this to two lanes or possibly one at the quietest times during nights and weekend when the work make this essential for safety."

Peter Hill, Bridgemaster

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Campaign for patients' free Humber Bridge toll

Patients who cross the Humber Bridge for hospital treatment are nearing an exemption in tolls.

A bill going through Parliament would give control of the bridge to a new board who can change current rules.

Campaigners have lobbied for patients to be toll-exempt for years.

The Humber Bridge Bill was agreed at a second reading in the Commons.

Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers has been speaking to us about it,

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