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Queen Elizabeth II Metro Bridge


The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge carries the Tyne and Wear Metro over the River Tyne between Newcastle and Gateshead. The bridge was purpose-built for the Metro, designed by W. A. Fairhurst & Partners. The two sections of the bridge were built simultaneously from each bank. The completed bridge was officially opened by the Queen on the 6th of November 1981. In 2007 'Nocturn', an art work and lighting scheme, was installed on the bridge.

The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge carries the Tyne and Wear Metro between Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead over the River Tyne in northeast England. The line is in tunnel on either side of the river and only emerges into open air to cross the bridge.

History

The bridge was developed as part of the Tyne and Wear Metro system, for which it was purpose-built. It was designed by W. A. Fairhurst & Partners, and constructed by Cementation Construction Ltd. and the Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Company at a cost of £4.9 million. The two sections of the bridge were built simultaneously from each bank and eventually met in the centre. It was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 6 November 1981, nine days before regular Metro service began.

Nocturne artwork

In 2006, Nexus, operators of the Metro, commissioned artist Nayan Kulkarni to install a huge artwork on the bridge. The artwork, Nocturne, sees the bridge painted two distinct tones of blue, while at night, 140 Lumiflood 36 LED lighting units create an ever-changing pattern of colours based on photographs submitted by members of the public.

Nocturne was completed and opened on 26 April 2007 and means that all five main bridges across the Tyne between Gateshead and Newcastle have unique lighting schemes.

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