Capture6ONE of the region’s engineering marvels is throwing open its doors at the weekend as part of the national Heritage Open Days initiative.

Visitors are invited to find out about the iconic Transporter Bridge, from its rich history to the stunning views from its upper walkway.

The Bridge celebrated its centenary in 2011, and a major £2.6 million overhaul thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund has enhanced its role as a key regional leisure and heritage destination.

On Saturday, September 12, there will be a chance for visitors to try the new glass viewing lift – while the more energetic will be invited to climb the bridge’s 210 steps to enjoy the view from 160ft above the River Tees.

The new lift – installed alongside a new gondola which will remain a paid service during the day – is currently undergoing final testing ahead of a formal launch event in the near future.

Refreshments will be available in the newly renovated Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre.

All event activity is subject to suitable weather conditions and visitors are encouraged to contact bridge staff in advance if in doubt. Wheelchair and pushchair access (children must remain in pushchairs when on the upper walkway) is available only via the lift.

The Transporter Bridge Heritage Open Day takes place from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, September 12 at the Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre, Ferry Road, Middlesbrough, TS2 1PL

Advance booking is essential – contact Bridge Supervisor John Ivison on 01642 727265 or email transporterbridge@middlesbrough.gov.uk

More information on the Tees Transporter Bridge can be found at www.teestransporterbridge.com

For more information on Heritage Open Days visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk