Rochefort-Martrou Transporter Bridge is a bridge built between 1898 and 1900 (27 months). It is located in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. Crossing the Charente River, it has a maximum height of 66.5 metres and a total length of 175.5 metres. It is a technical invention accomplished by a French engineer: Ferdinand Arnodin.

History

8 July 1900 – First day of service

1933 — 1934 – Deck beams and suspension replaced and modified.

1967 – End of service. The transporter bridge is abandoned in favor of a vertical lift bridge.

30 April 1976 – Classified as historic monument.

1990 — 1994 – Refurbished.

29th July 2020 (120th year anniversary) – back to service.

Opening hours

Open everyday (except monday morning) from 29th of July the 1st of November.

From July to September : 9.30 -19.00 (closed on Monday mornings)

October to the 1st of November : 9.30 -12.30 and 14.00 -17.00 (closed on Monday mornings)

Tariffs

One-way ticket: 2 €

Return ticket: 3 €

Reduced rates* (return ticket and groups up to 15 people): 2.50 €

Children from 6 to 11: 2 €

Free for children under 6

Worldwide Transport Bridges Network

There are currently 8 transport bridges in the world:

Vizcaya Bridge (1893) near Bilbao (Basque community)

Newport Transport Bridge (1906) in the United Kingdom,

Transport bridge Osten Transporter Bridge (1909) in Germany,

Middlesbrough Transporter bridge (1911) in the United Kingdom,

Rendsburg High Bridge (1913) in Germany,

Puente Transbordador (also known as Buenos Aires Transporter Bridge, 1914) in Buenos Aires in Argentina,

Warrington Transporter Bridge (1916) in the United Kingdom.

There is a general strategy for listing all eight monuments on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Shortest distances by car:

  • From Paris: 5 hr 15 min (469 km) via A10
  • From Bordeaux: 1 hr 53 min (156 km) via A10
  • From Lyon: 6 hr 41 min (668 km) via A89
  • From Marseille: 7 hr 43 min (794 km) via A62
  • From Toulouse: 3 hr 52 min (394 km) via A62 and A10
  • From Monaco: 9 hr 42 min (975 km) via A62
  • From Andorra: 6 hr 10 min (576 km) via A62
  • From Madrid: 8 hr 47 min (849 km) via A-1
  • From Moscow: 36 hr (3,376 km) via E30/M1
  • From Belgrade: 21 hr 35 min (2,029 km) via E70
  • From Istanbul: 32 hr (2,979 km) via E70
  • From Bern: 9 hr 39 min (907 km) via A10

See also France travel guide

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See also Pyrenees travel guide

See also Andorra travel guide

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