Newcastle MP calls for restoration of the city’s Swing Bridge ahead of its 150th birthday

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A Newcastle MP is calling for support to get the city’s Swing Bridge operational again.

Chi Onwurah, the Member of Parliament for Newcastle Central, has called on various organisations in an effort to get Newcastle’s Swing Bridge back in operation.

The MP is hoping that the bridge can be restored ahead of its 150th birthday, which is in three years time.

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The Swing Bridge across the River Tyne. Photo: Google Maps.The Swing Bridge across the River Tyne. Photo: Google Maps.
The Swing Bridge across the River Tyne. Photo: Google Maps. | Google Maps

The Shadow Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced on X (Twitter) that she has been in contact with the Heritage Lottery Fund and engineering firms in an effort to restore the bridge back to its former glory.

In a tweet, she said: “Newcastle’s Swing Bridge is three years away from its 150th birthday!

“I want to get this wonder of North East Victorian engineering swinging again. Let’s celebrate our rich industrial heritage by restoring this iconic bridge.

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“I’ve brought together different organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund and engineering firms, to try and get our iconic bridge swinging again.

“It is my favourite bridge, as it represents our North East industrial heritage, ingenuity and design.”

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