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The bridge was designed to align with the Great North Road and carry road traffic across the Tyne without having to descend to river level.
1883 A proposal was made for a bridge across the Tyne close to the site eventually used. A sketch of an arched bridge was published soon afterwards
1890 Mr. Laws, City Engineer, published a proposal
Further proposals were made including exhibition of a model in Newcastle but WWI brought discussion to a halt.
1922 Messrs. H. Y. Richardson and Webster published a letter in the press which started the discussion again; with promise of a grant from the Government, the scheme was able to proceed.
Thomas H. Webster claimed to have proposed a design which met the requirements of the river Tyne Commissioners and pushed for an open competition but the design was put in the hands of the consultants (Mott, Hay and Anderson)
Designed and built by Dorman, Long and Co, under the supervision of Charles Mitchell, head of the Bridge Department; James Ruck was the contractor's agent on site. Consulting engineers were Mott, Hay and Anderson, led by David Anderson, with associates Coode, Wilson, Mitchell and Vaughan-Lee. The architectural features in the abutment towers were by R. Burns Dick of Newcastle
1925 Work started
1928 Opened by the King