The Bridges of Newport County, Part Three: George Street Bridge

GSB at sunrise

Named after the small street and spanning the river Usk between Corporation Road on the east, to Dock Street on the west; work began on building George Street bridge in 1962, and 4 years later opened in April 1964.

Photographs Copyright: South Wales Argus

It was the first cable-stayed cantilever bridge in Britain. The same principle was also used for the Second Severn Crossing, built between 1992 and 1996.

GSB walkway overhang wider

George Street bridge carries 4 carriageways (although original designs included 6 lanes, until the M4 Usk bridge further up the river came into planning).

The bridge was Graded II listed in 2001 as a major civil engineering structure.

The bridge was originally part of the A48 route through Newport, but the City Bridge took on the A48 title in 2004.

GSB dark low from side

The bridge has been featured many times on television and the internet. The BBC filmed an episode of ‘Casualty’, where they suspended a limousine half way out over the river. The bridge has also appeared in the press after a group called Fereal Freerun filmed and posted online footage of them sliding down the supporting cables.

GSB under diagonal dark.jpg

We have often spent New Year’s Eve stood on George Street bridge – as it is one of the best vantage points to view 360 degrees of amateur firework displays!

view from footbridge

8 thoughts on “The Bridges of Newport County, Part Three: George Street Bridge

    • We were surprised to find the bridge as listed… but then it was the first of its kind in Britain. There is something understated and functional about the bridge. The old yellow lighting on rough concrete is becoming a thing of the past.

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  1. Very interesting. Some new facts for me. I lo.ve the bridges
    there were 25 of us travelling and picnicing at the Transporter, Pont Gludo, yesterday. 10 of us walked over the top1

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    • So many bridges in Newport, from different decades and serving different purposes.
      Hope the walk over the Transporter Bridge was fun for the 10 brave individuals amongst you. The first steps across the gantry at the very top, between the top of the stairwell and the actual crossing, tests your nerves!

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  2. Hi there, Once again stunning photography a d a wealth of information about the construction of these fantastic civil engineering constructions.I enjoy looking forward to receiving these emails. Keep up the good work and when your ready put in for mastermind, specialised sure next , civil engineering inane around Newport. xx mum

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  3. Beautiful pictures and interesting read! I think Newport has much to be proud of and doesn’t ‘flout’ (if that is the right word) their achievements anywhere near often and wide enough! We visited the transporter bridge yesterday – only one of four or five remaining working transporter bridges in the world. Although the transporter bridge does get some publicity, many other things don’t: Only learned the other day that the statue in Commercial Street is in honour of WH Davies, who was the writer of a famous poem: “what is this life if full of care, we do not stop to stand and care….” and ‘we’ don’t do anything with this… such a shame.
    Thank you for sharing these beautiful parts of Newport with us – and for teaching us about the famous sides of Newport! 🙂

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