Bondholders bridging the Humber - literally

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 28 Jun 2018

HAVE you ever wondered about the inner workings of the region’s most iconic landmark? 

Fortunately, for Bondholders the curiosity is over as they experienced a behind the scenes tour of one of the Humber Bridge.

For nearly 40 years it has dominated the region’s landscape, and with more than nine million vehicle journeys each year, the bridge is a popular route connecting the Humber and beyond, but for only the few has this structural masterpiece been the destination.

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As part of the team’s new Industry Insights programme, a series of access-all-areas events, Bondholder members were given an exciting opportunity to tour one of the world’s most famous bridges.  

Facilitated by the Humber Bridge Board, the behind the scenes tour led Bondholders into the very core of the bridge, allowing them to fully appreciate the huge scale of the steel structure while experiencing the vibrations of the live traffic just a few feet above. From here the group entered the huge concrete columns to enjoy the breathtaking scenes of the Humber from a platform directly underneath the bridge with the Humber Estuary a few hundred feet below.

Andy Parkinson, chairman of the Humber marketing organisation, said: “This has given Bondholder members a rare opportunity to come together to gain a fascinating insight into this structural masterpiece.

“It is great to bring different organisations together from across the region to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event and to gain an insight into the ambitious future plans of the bridge including its tourism and cultural offer. As Bondholders we are keen to work collaboratively to strengthen the region’s image, voice and economy.”

Nearly 60 members participated in the day.

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Dr Kevin Moore, chief executive of the Humber Bridge Board, said: “I was absolutely delighted that so many Bondholders came and very much enjoyed the questions they asked. 

“We have an exciting future ahead of us here at the Humber Bridge as we transform into an iconic visitor attraction. There will be many ways we can work together with Bondholders members in the future to strengthen our offer and the offer of the region.”

Future events include an exclusive visit to Hull Prison and a behind the scenes visit to Humberside Airport.

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