Millennium Bridge

Gateshead Quays South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA

Opened for the public in 2001 the Millennium Bridge or the “Blinking Eye” is a pedestrian and cyclist tilting bridge spanning the River Tyne between Gateshead and Newcastle.

If you are travelling by car, South Shore road car park is the best one to park at. You can find up to date prices and information here

The bridge only tilts on certain times of the day, click here to find out when

Featured on a first class stamp in 2000 

36,000 people lined the banks of the River Tyne to watch the bridge tilt for the first time on 28 June 2001

Contains enough steel to make 64 double decker buses or 16 Chieftain tanks

Cost £22m to build

Each opening and closing takes four and a half minutes

Cleans up its own litter – anything dropped on the deck automatically rolls into special traps at each end of the bridge each time it opens

Can withstand a collision from a 4,000 tonne ship travelling at 4 knots

Has concrete foundations stretching to 30 metres, anchoring it to the river bed

Is powered by eight electric motors – enough power to run more than eight Ford Focus cars

Sits on 19,000 tonnes of concrete

Stretches 126 metres across the River Tyne

Was lowered into place by Europe’s largest floating crane – Asian Hercules II

The very top of the arch stands 50 metres above the River Tyne when in its normal state

Weighs more than 800 tonnes

Is adjacent to an area called Baltic Square: an open-air performance space which has been host to a number of high profile events such as the first ever Top Of The Pops outdoor event in July 2004, Orange Evolution music festival 2005.

Has been used in numerous television, film and media projects such as 55 Degrees North (BBC), the national football film GOAL! (GOAL Productions) and on the front cover of Bentley magazine

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge appeared on a pound coin from the Royal Mint in 2007, representing England

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