Bridge 🌉

Prompted by Martha Kennedy Ragtag Daily Prompt “Bridge”.

I’ve walked and driven over a lot of bridges lately. Strangely I only regularly go back over one….the road over the canal leading into and out of Stoke-upon-Trent the town that the city of Stoke is named from.

That is a little road bridge which then takes you under a railway bridge which is the main line to Stoke Station.

Other bridges are the footbridge in Rhyl that was recently made (built?).) pictured). It is a beautiful, shiny metal object. The central section has a steel mast rising up to the sky. Somehow the bridge can rotate to the allow boats further up the river channel, although I haven’t seen it in operation.

Finally I’m thinking about the Humber Bridge in Yorkshire. This spans the Humber River. It crosses from South to North into the city of Hull. You can tell you are arriving at something very imposing as you drive along the road towards it. There is countryside on either side and the bridge looms up in the distance. It’s one of those optical illusions where it seems to diminish as you get closer. Then you are paying at a toll booth and onto the span of the bridge itself. It is very high and long. A beautiful example of engineering.

Then on the news today. The Severn Bridge between England and Wales has just had its toll booths removed. No charge for crossing it any more!

Now don’t get me onto the Forth Bridge! That’s another story.

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Seaside

This is a new footbridge at Rhyl. The bridge can lift up on both sides of the footpath so that boats can navigate the lower area of the river. The footbridge is at the west end of Rhyl just near the blue road bridge and next to Rhyl’s bike hub where you can hire bicycles.

On our visit the sun was shining, but it was quite windy. The river below looked quite muddy and because the river is tidal the water was rushing out towards the sea.

The structure is interesting, the footpath seperates around a central mast and you can see down to the hydraulic rams that can lift up the two halves of the bridge. I haven’t seen in operation but I imagine it looks spectacular.