Originally trains used the High Level Bridge to reach Newcastle Central Station and had to leave the station in the same direction they had entered, which involved the tedious task of reversing. The construction of the King Edward VII Bridge provided four more rail tracks, and a direct line through the station enabling trains to enter or leave from either side and thus eased rail congestion.
The bridge was opened by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra on 10 July 1906. The total cost amounted to £500,000.
Description harvested from King Edward VII Bridge From Wikipedia
Structurae : King Edward VII Bridge (1906)