The UK Government has committed to funding of £35.2m ($44.16m) for full restoration works on the Tyne Bridge in North East England. 

UK Roads Minister Guy Opperman confirmed the funding during a visit to Newcastle. 

Opperman outlined plans for the bridge’s extensive renovation and improvements to the Central Motorway East A167. 

The restoration of the Tyne Bridge, a Grade II-listed structure, comes as part of the government’s Network North plan.  

This initiative seeks to upgrade local transport across the region and is part of an £8.3bn funding package for road resurfacing in England.  

The investment also aligns with the upcoming centenary of the bridge in 2028, ensuring its longevity for future generations and contributing to the economic growth of Newcastle and the North East of England. 

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Designed by the same engineers as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Tyne Bridge is said to feature the world’s longest span upon its completion in 1928.  

It serves more than 70,000 drivers daily.  

VisitBritain/VisitEngland CEO Patricia Yates said: “Our history and heritage are top motivators for visitors and it is fantastic to see this iconic and much-loved landmark being restored, keeping its star shining brightly as a major draw for both domestic and international visitors for generations to come.” 

The planned improvements will enhance the bridge’s appearance, as well as address traffic rerouting issues, allowing heavier vehicles to avoid residential areas and thereby reduce congestion. 

The restoration is anticipated to generate upwards of £90m in economic benefits.  

The reallocation of funds from the second phase of High Speed 2 is noted to have made these investments possible. 

The government’s contribution of £35.2m forms the majority of the total scheme cost of £41.4m, with the remainder funded by Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council.