George Street Bridge

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About George Street Bridge

  • Body Of Water Spanned: River Usk
  • Bridge Type: Cable-stayed bridge
  • Locale: Newport

George Street Bridge is a crossing of the River Usk at Newport, South Wales. It was opened on 9 April 1964 and is the first cable-stayed bridge in the United Kingdom. It is Grade II* listed. Before its opening in 1964 the only crossings of the river Usk in central Newport were the Newport Bridge carrying the main A48 road and Newport Transporter Bridge. Many grand names were proposed for the bridge but it was eventually named after the relatively small George Street on the western bank of the River Usk. Originally the bridge was planned to be six lanes wide, but with the M4 motorway Usk bridge already planned further upstream it was reduced to four lanes. On completion, the A48 route was diverted over the new bridge, making it the preferred route for through traffic, although in 2004 the new City Bridge on the Southern Distributor Road further downstream became the preferred route and assumed the route number.

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