The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 77 (1999) > Issues > Issue 16 > The Refurbishment of Newport Transporter Bridge
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The Refurbishment of Newport Transporter Bridge

Designed by the eminent French engineer Ferdinand Amodin, the Newport Transporter Bridge was closed in 1985 owing to concerns regarding its condition and safety. Despite its grade II* listed building status, it was not until 6 years later that funds were obtained to enable a comprehensive programme of refurbishment to be undertaken. Before repairs could be formulated, a detailed structural survey of every component of the bridge was carried out, and the data were used to investigate the behaviour of the bridge and its likely response to the proposed sequence of remedial works. This paper reviews what is believed would have been Arnodin's understanding of the bridge’s behaviour; and compares this with what can be deduced from contemporary analytical techniques and the current geometry of the structure. It describes the techniques used to carry out the repairs and summarises the procedures by which the replacement cable profiles and loads were determined. R.J. Lark, B.R. Mawson and A.K. Smith