Union Chain Bridge, which was opened in 1820, set for £6.7m makeover

Hull firm C Spencer has won a £6.7m scheme to refurbish a grade I-listed bridge linking England and Scotland over the river Tweed.

The Union Chain Bridge spans the Tweed between Horncliffe in Northumberland and Fishwick across the border in Berwickshire.

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The bridge opened in 1820

The work for Northumberland county council is being bankrolled by local authority money from both sides of the border as well as a £3.1m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

When it opened in 1820, it was the longest wrought iron suspension bridge in the world with a span of 137m and the first vehicular bridge of its type in the UK.

It is the oldest suspension bridge in the world still carrying road traffic.