Humber Bridge 1981

Humber Bridge 1981

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Humber Bridge

Held the record for the world's longest single span bridge for 16 years

Key Facts

Ultra-long steel suspended bridge deck

The world’s longest single span suspension bridge at the time

44,000 miles of suspension cable


Hull, England

Across the Humber Estuary

Linking East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

From Hessle to Barton-on-Humber

Designers / Engineers

Freeman Fox & Partners (FFP)

Original design led by Sir Gilbert Roberts

Final design by Bernhard Wex (FFP) using Bill Brown’s aerodynamic box girder deck design


Suspension bridge

1,410m main span

2,220m total length

Main contractors

John Howard and Co. Ltd.

Sir William Arrol & Co.

Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Co. Ltd.

John Thompson Ltd.

Redpath Dorman Long Ltd.


Began in July 1972

Opened 24 June 1981

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