The Swing Bridge was built by the Tyne Improvement Commission, under powers conferred by the Tyne Improvement Act of 1861, as part of their overall plan for improving navigation and expanding trade by opening the upper reaches of the river to larger vessels.
The bridge was designed and constructed by Sir W.G. Armstrong and Company Limited of Elswick, the work being begun in the year 1873. It was first used for road traffic on the 15th June 1876 and opened for river traffic on the 17th July 1876.
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- Port of Tyne Authority - Swing Bridge
- Flickr: Photos tagged with Swing Bridge
- Flickr: Swing Bridge Tyne Group
- Swing Bridge (A Sense of Place project created for Alex Telfer) May-June 2007