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Tyne Bridge

Hagg Bank Bridge

Opened: 6th October 1876.
Designer/Engineer: W. G. Laws.
Traffic: Rail. Length: 240 ft (73m). Single span.

The Hagg Bank Bridge (known locally as the Points Bridge) is an early example of an arch suspension bridge. When it was built in 1876 by W.G. Laws, who later became City Engineer for Newcastle, for the Scotswood, Newburn and Wylam Railway Company its design was ahead of its time. The bridge allowed trains to cross the river from North Wylam Station to join the Newcastle to Carlisle line at the West Wylam Junction. It cost £16,000 to build and Hawks, Crawshay & Sons of Gateshead cast the ironwork. The bridge paved the way for new developments in bridge building. The Tyne Bridge (1928) in Newcastle and the Sydney Harbour Bridge (1932) in Australia are both arch suspension bridges.

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