The Orange One wrote:Have you got one foot on the western bank and the other foot on the bridge itself?
Correct! Well done! Got it in 21 questions!
That’s where I found myself late afternoon on Saturday 17th August 2013, at the new, iconic, Scale Lane Bridge
in Hull, just a couple of months after it had officially opened to the public. And yes, in typical ‘me’ fashion, I had one foot on the bridge and the other foot on ‘terra firma’.
This wonderful new swing bridge
is reminiscent of a pinball flipper. What a wizard design! Not only can pedestrians stay on the bridge as it’s moving, but they can also walk on and off it whilst it’s opening. (Only at the west end though, try walking off the other end and it may be ‘Game Over’...) My request for 10 square metres' accuracy is the approximate arc of the opening multiplied by the distance between my two feet. It didn't matter whether the bridge was open or shut; I could still be standing there.
(Q13 - I was south of Scale Lane, but had you added 'Scale Lane Staith' to the question, I would actually have been very slightly north of it!)
I think this bridge is a fine new symbol for the city which has been awarded the status of the next ‘city of culture’. Hull has sadly acquired a bad name in recent decades, and it’s about time that was reversed. I was only in the city for about five hours that day, but as I've already alluded to through the thread, I found so much to see and do that day that I couldn’t even fit one tenth of it in. I think I need to plan a return trip.
The strange thing at the moment is that the bridge is a destination in itself, yet it has been nicknamed the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ – as the planned development on the east bank of the river hasn’t happened yet! But I’m sure it won’t be long before that changes.
So, I recommend that when you, your family and your friends next visit the wonderful city of Kingston-upon-Hull, you take a look at this bridge yourself, and perhaps even 'go for a ride'!