Heritage Lottery Funding bid for Newport Transporter Bridge

Posted on Thursday 9th November 2017

The Gondola on Newport Transporter Bridge

Newport City Council is to submit a bid for £10 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out work on the iconic Transporter Bridge.

The Bridge, which can be seen from many points across the city with its huge metal structure and gondola used to carry vehicles across the River Usk, is now closed for the winter season.

The Heritage Lottery Bid will be used by the council to carry out repairs, restoration of the gondola, improvements to the site and building a new visitor centre

Newport Transporter Bridge is one of five remaining operational transporter bridges worldwide and is the most complete original structure of all the remaining Transporter Bridges.

The council bid for funding would be up against projects from across the UK and there is no guarantee a bid will be successful.

The proposed application has to go through two stages, this initial bid is the first phase and the council has to identify a potential £1.25 million in the council’s capital programme for the matched funding requirement should the bid be successful and reach stage two.

A report on the proposed bid will be discussed at the next cabinet meeting on Wednesday, 15 November.

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