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£8m bid to secure iconic bridge

The bridge in 1968. Credit: PA/PA Archive/PA Images

Newport City Council is backing a bid to secure the future of the city’s iconic Transporter Bridge. The council plans to bid for £8m of Heritage Lottery funding to fund a long term programme of improvements, maintenance and repairs.

It says the friends of Newport Transporter Bridge are backing the council’s plans and have been involved in discussions on how the project can progress.

The funding is needed to carry out essential on-going repairs to the bridge, improve the gondola which dates back to 1906, and to create a bigger and better visitor centre which will include improved visitor facilities at the site.

We have agreed to apply for this funding to help us improve the visitor experience around the Transporter Bridge and are hoping to involve the local community in helping us secure funds so the bridge will be here for future generations to enjoy. We have this iconic structure on our doorstep and many of us take it for granted but we need to get on with this programme of regeneration and expansion. We have had talks with the Friends of Newport Transporter Bridge who are keen to back us in our bid.

– Councillor Debbie Harvey, Newport Council

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