Glass elevator plan could boost regional tourism
The Humber Bridge traverses the junction of the Trent and Ouse rivers. It connects North Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire, and was opened in 1981. It has a height of about 510 feet and spans about 1.4 miles. At that time, it was the longest single span suspension bridge in the world. Today, it is the eighth-longest bridge of its kind, and carries about 120,000 vehicles per week.
The bridge was originally planned in the 1930’s but wasn’t built. The bridge plans were revised again in the mid-1950’s, but again, construction was delayed. Construction of the span began in 1972 with a goal of opening the bridge to traffic in 1976. Construction delays prevented the timely completion of the project, and the bridge was finally opened in 1981.
The proposed elevator would take visitors nearly to the top of one of the bridge’s two towers. Once at the top, visitors will be able to enter a glass observation platform, giving a 306° view of the rivers and the Humber region.
According to Hill, the project would create as many as 400 jobs and generate more than £16,000,000 annually in tourist-related revenue. Currently, the plan calls for a 15-month construction schedule. If the plans are approved and construction begins immediately, the elevator could be ready for its first visitors near the end of 2017.
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