The bridge crosses the Humber Estuary between Hessle, East Yorkshire and Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire.
The Humber Bridge is a Statutory Body created by Parliament in 1959 and also has the duties of a Highway and Traffic Authority, connecting the north and south bank via the A15 dual carriageway.
Construction started in July 1972 and the bridge was officially opened by the Queen on 17th July 1981.
The bridge was the world’s longest single-span suspension bridge when it opened and held this record for 16 years.
It is the UK’s longest single-span suspension bridge and now the eighth longest in the world. It remains the longest in the world that can be crossed on foot or by cycle.
The Humber Bridge is the longest leisure bridge in the world.
The bridge is made up of three spans; Hessle side span (280 metres), Barton side span (530 metres) and the main centre span (1410 metres) making a total of 2,200 metres or 1.4 miles.
The road deck, which is made up of 124 steel box sections weighing over 17,000 tonnes is actually designed as an upside-down aircraft wing, to help keep the deck stable during high winds.
There are also four other bridges, that form the north and south approaches to the main suspension bridge.
The concrete towers are 155.5 metres (510 feet) tall and were built to be 36mm further apart from each other at the top than at the bottom, to allow for the curvature of the Earth.
There is enough wire used in the bridge to go around the Moon more than six times.
The bridge is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
In February 2002, the 100 millionth vehicle crossed the bridge as part of the 6 million crossings that year. The bridge is now carrying more than 10 million vehicles every year.
In 2017 the Humber Bridge was given Grade 1 listed status by Historic England, making it the longest listed structure in the UK.
The Humber Bridge makes a significant contribution to the economy of the region, providing the only direct link across the Estuary for public, private and commercial vehicles and provides significant access links for pedestrians and cyclists. It also provides vital access to health, education and leisure services. 10 million vehicles, 200,000 pedestrians and 50,000 cyclists cross each year.
Our aim over the next three years is to build on this success.
We are: ‘Creating the best bridge experience in the world’
The Humber Bridge will offer the best bridge experience in the world to all our customers, whether crossing the bridge by motorised vehicles, bicycles and on foot, or visiting the bridge as a tourist attraction.
- Improve the experience of customers, while maintaining the tolls at current prices
- Maximise and diversify our income and minimise our expenditure
- Develop a world class visitor experience
The Humber Bridge Strategic Plan 1st April 2018 – 31st March 2021 can be viewed HERE
Chief Executive: Dr Kevin Moore
Head of Engineering and Infrastructure: Andrew Arundel
Head of Operations: Fay Baker
Head of Finance and Commercial: Andy Dalby
Events Manager: Martin Davis