The river Tyne runs in a wide gorge which makes
particularly difficult to build and be high enough to allow shipping to pass.
Until the shipyards declined there were several ferry crossings, but
only the North Shields to South Shields ferry remains. The first bridges do not appear until one reaches Newcastle. Newcastle
quayside was once best known for it's five original bridges: Tyne
Bridge, Swing Bridge, High Level, King Edward and Redheugh. In 1981
the Queen Elizabeth II Metro Bridge was opened and finally in 2000 it gained
one more. The Gateshead Millennium Bridge was fabricated in the AMEC yard
at Howdon on Tyne. Photos in this section show its installation, the growth
of buildings around it and the other other bridges. The development
of this once industrial area was followed by Baltic Art Gallery and
the Sage Music Centre on the South side of the river.
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