Chi holds debate in Parliament Celebrating 100 years of the Tyne Bridge
Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central, has secured a Westminster Hall debate next Wednesday 23rd June on ‘Celebrating 100 years of the Tyne Bridge’
“The Tyne Bridge will be 100 years old in 2028
“it is a very important part of the regions transport infrastructure, but it is much more. It is a symbol of North East confidence, pride and achievement.
“ The Tyne Bridge spans the region, constructed by Dorman Long of Middlesbrough and bridging the River Tyne between Newcastle and Gateshead.
“ It reflects the great engineering achievements of the North East over the past century. And the aspirations of the people of the North East.
During the debate, which takes place on International Women in Engineering Day, Chi will highlight and be celebrating the achievements of Dorothy Buchanan, the first female member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and part of the Dorman Long team working on both the Tyne Bridge and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Ms Onwurah added:
“ The whole region I am certain wants to see the Tyne Bridge restored to the magnificent spectacle it was when the Queen’s grandfather opened the Tyne Bridge in October 1928.
“ I will be asking the Government how they plan to help North East Communities celebrate this great icon of success in the North East.
“ Because if this great bridge is to be restored in time for 2028 work needs to start now.
“ The Sydney Harbour Bridge had magnificent 80th Birthday Celebrations, the Tyne Bridge didn’t, we don’t want to miss out again!
In addition Chi, Newcastle City Council and MPs, the North of Tyne Mayor and the Police and Crime Commissioner are backing a bid to the Transport Department for funding to restore the bridge: https://chionwurahmp.com/2021/06/chi-signs-newcastle-council-letter-on-tyne-bridge-repairs/
The bridge was officially opened on 10 October 1928 by King George V.