Humber Bridge

po_Bridge-Humber2 The Humber Bridge, near Kingston upon Hull, England, is a 7,280 ft single-span suspension bridge, which opened to traffic on June 24, 1981. It was the longest of its type in the world when opened, and is now the seventh-longest. It spans the Humber (the estuary formed by the rivers Trent and Ouse) between Barton-upon-Humber on the south bank and Hessle on the north bank, connecting the East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. When it opened in 1981 both sides of the bridge were in the non-metropolitan county of Humberside until its dissolution in 1996. The bridge itself can be seen for miles around and as far as Ottringham in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

As of 2006, the bridge carried an average of 120,000 vehicles per week. The toll was £3.00 each way for cars (higher for commercial vehicles), which made it the most expensive toll crossing in the United Kingdom. As of April 1, 2012, the toll was reduced to £1.50 each way after the UK government deferred £150 million from the bridge’s current debt.