Hey guys!! Today’s post kicks off a new series on my blog, named ‘AG Around Hull’ which will explore Hull’s surrounding area including towns like Beverley and the beautiful coastline. What better way to begin this new series than with the incredible Humber Bridge, an iconic landmark of Yorkshire. In the last year, I’ve walked across the bridge twice and also along the path near it which leads up to Ferriby and all 3 walks provided breathtaking views and unique, gorgeous photos. Hopefully, today’s post will further educate you about this important piece of architecture and share with you some pictures I’ve captured of the bridge in the past.
The Humber Bridge first opened to traffic on 24 June 1981 and is ranked the 8th most longest single span suspension bridge in the world. It spans the Humber Estuary and connects the East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. The bridge was originally predicted to be constructed in 5 years but due to poor weather and technical difficulties, it received 4 more years of creation. End to end, it measures in at approximately 2.22km long and overall it cost £98m to build, despite original estimates of £28m.
HISTORY OF THE BRIDGE
For a length of time, the Humber Estuary separated trade and development between the East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. The first proposal to bridge the gap was a tunnel scheme in 1872 and over the next 100 years, a variety of pitches were suggested. In 1928, a plan was sketched out by Hull City Council to fabricate a multi span truss bridge between Hessle and Barton Upon Humber. However, the idea perished in the hardship of the economic depression in the late 20s and early 30s. Nearly 30 years on, the Humber Bridge Act was passed, admitting the construction of a suspension bridge and spawning the Humber Bridge Board. The composing of the bridge was finally initiated in 1973.
There were two main reasons a suspension bridge was engineered. First of all, the Humber’s shifting bed and navigable channel which craft journey along can change rapidly so a suspension bridge with no support piers in mid stream wouldn’t hinder the Estuary’s natural flow. Also, due to the geology and topography of the area, the cost of a tunnel would be too exorbitant.
8 years later, on the 24th June 1981, the first traffic voyaged across the bridge after H.M the Queen performed the official opening ceremony. So the two isolated areas of North Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire were finally united, conceding the development of commercial, industrial and tourist factors.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE HUMBER BRIDGE
- The 2 towers that support the bridge are roughly 510ft long, just over half the height of the famous Eiffel Tower.
- There is enough cable encased within the bridge to comfortably to fit around the earth nearly twice.
- For around 17 years after it’s formation, it proudly clutched the title of the longest suspension bridge in the world. Now, its the longest suspension bridge the public are able to walk or cycle the full way across.
- The Earth is naturally curved so to adjust to that, the towers are designed to be 36mm further away from each other at the top than the bottom. It inflates in the summer, compresses in the winter and arcs in the middle to convey the weight of the traffic.
- The quantity of concrete accomadated to compose the bridge weighed 480,000 tonnes.
As you can probably deduce, the Humber Bridge is one of my favourite tourist attractions in Hull because of it’s beautiful architecture and breathtaking views. I hope this post has persuaded you to visit the bridge if you are ever around the area of Hull.
Thank you for reading this post and I hope you liked my images!! Is there a bridge near you? Let me know in the comments!! There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now!!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull