This bridge is one of three surviving transporter bridges in the United Kingdom, and one of only two that operate today. It is one of only an estimated twelve surviving transporter bridges in the world. It was closed for a number of years before being restored and opened again in 1995. It is today a tourist attraction, with tours to the top of the towers and onto the bridge level available. The bridge is configured as a suspension bridge with backstay cables leading to anchorages. The portion of the bridge closest to the towers are held by a cable-stay system extending from the towers, while the center of the span over the river is held in place by vertical suspender cables hung from a parabolic main cable. Thus, the bridge is a combination of suspension bridge and cable-stayed bridge technologies. The bridge includes a through truss for stiffening, and this truss is pin-connected, which is unusual for the United Kingdom. Pin-connected truss bridges are more common in North America.
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