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What Do You Know About The Humber Bridge?

Updated on December 4, 2014
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What Is The Humber Bridge?

Lets face it the Humber Bridge is not first on everyones must see list! However, I feel it is an amazing and much overlooked piece of engineering and social history.

It spans the River Humber from Hessle in East Riding Of Yorkshire on the North side to Barton on Humber in North Lincolnshire on the south side.

The Humber Bridge has had an important influence on the Humberside area for trade, travel to work and events including raising money for charity. The county of Humberside no longer exists having been disbanded but the Bridge as it cover the River Humber is known as The Humber Bridge.

At sunsets and when a rainbow passes through it, there is also a beauty about it and when its foggy it seems to glide magically above the water, which is amazing.

It has also caused its fair share of controversy particularly over its bridge tolls.

So even if you have never heard of it you might like to learn a little about the Cinderella of bridges The Humber Bridge in UK.

Location of Humber Bridge

The Humber Bridge is in UK, 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.

Map Location Of The Humber Bridge

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Humber Bridge Board, Ferriby Road, Hessle, East Riding of Yorkshire HU13 OJG, UK
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The start of the Humber Bridge from the North bank Of The River Humber.

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Humber Bridge, Barton-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire, UK
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Why I Like The Humber Bridge

I grew up as a young child in Lincolnshire on the south side of the River Humber. So as a child if we wanted to go to York or anywhere in Yorkshire it meant quite a long drive or a slow ferry crossing.

Then the Humber Bridge was built. Sadly it meant that the ferry was discontinued which I feel was a shame. I used to love the old ferry but it was slow and had to negociate dangerous water and hidden sandbanks. A simple drive across the bridge was so much faster and more convenient. All of a sudden the north bank of the Humber was so accessible to us...and the South bank accessible to the North bank people.

Now that I live north of the River Humber and my mum lives in Lincolnshire I am grateful for the bridge which means I can be there so much faster. The Humber Bridge County park is also a wonderfully convenient stopping off place for us on the journey.

In addition the Humber Bridge has become a focal point. It is fun to walk across the bridge and many charity walks, dog walks and runs are held there. The country park now hosts a monthly Sunday Farmers market and the park itself is a lovely place to spend time in. Events have been arranged to be held at the Country park and Bridge and a whole community of Bridge workers and charity fun events has grown up.

I have spent many happy hours walking on or around the Humber Bridge area.

Humber Bridge: Poems

Book on The Humber Bridge-Poems

I think bridges are fascinating. The technical details are often quite amazing and the look of the bridge is often quite beautiful.

I think it is also the life that goes on around the building of the bridge and then the life that builds up around the bridge that is amazing to learn about.

Here is a book about poems relating to the Humber Bridge.

The Beginning :Construction Of The Humber Bridge

The Humber Bridge is an amazing feat of logistics and engineering.Read here to find out more about how it started.

The Humber bridge was officially opened on 17th July 1981 by H.M. the Queen

Humber Bridge Toll Charges

It has long been a bone of contention that this bridge across the River Humber is a toll bridge. So each time you drive across it you have to pay.

Its debt is huge and the prices continue to rise. As the prices get higher, necessarily to keep pace with the debt there is debate on the adverse effect on the economy in the area.

Prices were going so high that people were starting to look at alternative routes and avoiding crossing the bridge altogether.

Sadly for a Bridge that was meant to improve travel and trade between the two counties of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire it started to become a block to people travelling between the two areas.


Humber Bridge Toll Charges-Should they stay or go ?

There is a lot of debate right now about the Bridge Tolls.

It is hoped that with the Govt intervention that the Tolls will be reduced from 3 pounds each way to 1 pound and 50 pence each way. Do you think that is a good thing?

Should it be totally free?

Should the tolls stay the same or even be raised?

Do You Think The Humber Bridge Should Be Free To Cross?

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Update On Humber Bridge Tolls

The charges on the Humber Bridge tolls have been changed!

it is now one pound and fifty pence to cross the bridge one way. So this is a welcome reduction in price !

It is already making a noticeable difference with more traffic using the Bridge and more people feeling it is good and viable to travel between the two counties again. This will have a good influence on trade and hopefully job opportunities and social events for both counties.

Obviously many people would prefer it to be totally free but this price reduction is very welcome.

Toll Charges At The Humber Bridge

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Spanning The Humber - Souvenir Programme Of The Opening Of The Humber Bridge 1981

Humber Bridge From Amazon

Lovely Humber Bridge prints souvenier from the opening ceremony. If you like bridges then this can be a nice item to own.

Its A Long Drive Across The Humber Bridge.

A View Under The Humber Bridge

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Walking Under The Humber Bridge

There Are Lovely Walks Nearby The Humber Bridge.

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The Humber Bridge Farmers Market

The Humber Bridge Farmers Market is held in the country park on the first Sunday morning of each Month.

It is a wonderful opportunity to buy direct from Farmers, support local businesses and to interact with the community there.

You can buy anything from vegetables, salad crops, free range chicken and duck eggs, meat and poultry, spicy foods, flowers, herbs, wormeries, ornamental planters, scented herbal soaps, aromatherapy, organic oils and creams, beautiful cards and pictures, crafted jewellry and mats for the home. The list goes on....

The prices are very good and all the produce fresh and well grown.

Every time I have been it is well attended and a really fun morning out.

Treetop View Across The River Humber

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On a nice day you can get some wonderful views from the bridge across the river Humber. Here you feel like you are right up in the treetops and the river did look lovely today.

Technical Details About The Humber Bridge

Some fascinating details aboutthe technicalities, construction and facts and figures connected with the Bridge.

Is The Humber Bridge The Longest Bridge?

The Humber Bridge was the longest single span suspension bridge for 17 years!

Serious Safety In The Humber

The River Humber and North sea are very dangerous waters and these guys do an absolutely amazing job.

Charity Events At the Humber Bridge

The Humber bridge has become a focal point for charity fun runs and walks and charity dog walks even and has raised significant amounts of cash for charity.

This is possible as there is a footpath that runs the whole distance of the Bridge entirely separate from the road so it is very safe to walk or run along it.

What a wonderful use of a bridge for charity!

View From The Beach

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Thank You For Visiting The Humber Bridge!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Yur Humbr Bridgte sounds nice, and like a real nice place to hold a farmers market.

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      I've never been over the Humber Bridge but it looks very similar to the Forth (Road) Bridge. That too used to have a toll and it was a happy day when it was axed. They are now building a new bridge. I like the feeling when crossing a bridge that you are truly going somewhere (or going back home), you don't get quite the same feeling when crossing land.

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      Antony J Waller 6 years ago from North Yorkshire

      I have often walked along the foreshore and underneath the bridge. Lovely pictures!

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      beautiful pictures. ~blessed~

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Nice lens, I might get to see this one of these days, but it's a long way from Southampton.

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      nickupton lm 8 years ago

      Cool. I was at college in Beverley from 2004 - 2007 and drove over the Humber bridge regularly on my trips to Lincoln.

      I will be back in the UK in a few months and have to go to Hull, so another drive over the Humber bridge looks likely.