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The Humber Bridge

The Humber Bridge: Online Investigation  

Why the Humber bridge was built?

Look at the map below.

Kingston upon Hull is home to a large Port. At the mouth of the River Humber and the River Hull it is one of Northern Englands Primary links with mainland Europe, with it's docks being one of the nations busiest for both vessels carrying freight and passenger ferries. The City of Kingston upon Hull has excellent road links with the major cities of Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool via the M62 motorway and as such is a much used and valued centre for distribution of goods into and from Europe.

The Map above highlights the economic need for a Bridge to be constructed across the River Humber. With no Bridge the docks on the Northern bank of the river serve little purpose for the inhabitants of Lincolnshire on the Southern bank. Industry and local businesses in towns such as Grimsby and Iimmingham, despite being only a few miles away from the docks, can make little use of the facilities (Imminghma does have it's own, smaller dock).

With no bridge the town of Immingham, only miles away as the crow flies, is suddenly a 60km drive away with drivers having to travel along the banks of the river to Goole before crossing the River and then driving back towards Hull.

A Bridge would open up a vast new market place, enable easier ovement of the workforce and revitalise the economy of both banks of the River.

Now move on to see what the consequences of the Bridge have been:

Other pages in this Unit:

Why the Humber bridge was built?

What are the economic consequences of the Bridge?

What the social consequences of the Bridge are?

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Page last updated 28/04/01
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