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Transporter Bridge opens for tourism season

Visitors to Newport Transporter Bridge will be able to walk over the top of the iconic structure from April.

However the motors on the Victorian Gondola which have been in constant operation since 1906, were found to need extensive repair after a routine maintenance inspection uncovered some worn out parts.

Because of the age of the components, parts have to be specially made. Newport City Council is hoping the gondola will be operational by the end of May.

A spokesperson said: “Visitors can still come and see the bridge and take the walk to the top to catch the spectacular views across the city.

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“Unfortunately the winding gear does need some work and because of the specialist nature of the mechanics we had to get parts manufactured which takes time.

“We were given a timescale of this work taking around three months so we are hoping the gondola will be working again sometime in May.”

The staff, Friends of Newport Transporter Bridge and volunteers are keen to welcome visitors from April 3 then Wednesday to Sundays from 10am to 5pm with the last admission to the high level at 4pm.

A reduced admission charge will be in place while the gondola is out of action.

A push to raise funds to keep the Transporter Bridge in good working order and to build a new visitor centre with specialist facilities is still on track following the winter closure.

The public can make a donation to help to secure the future of the Transporter Bridge, by visiting www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/newporttransporterbridge1

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