|The Swing Bridge over the River Tyne connects Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne, between the Tyne Bridge and the High Level Bridge. The hydraulic power to move the bridge is derived from electrically driven pumps. This feeds a hydraulic accumulator sunk into a shaft on the side of the river, the water is then released under pressure which runs the machinery to turn the bridge. The mechanism used for this is still the same machinery originally installed by Armstrong.
It has an 85.7 metre cantilevered span with a central axis of rotation able to move through 360° to allow vessels to pass on either side of it.
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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