Building Bridges

The final 100 metre centrepiece of Sunderland’s new River Wear crossing was gradually lifted into place in Sunderland on Friday. The £117 million landmark development by FVB joint Venture is the first new bridge to be built over the River Wear in Sunderland in over four decades. The bridge, which will rise to 105 metres, will have two lanes of traffic in each direction, plus dedicated cycleways and footpaths along its length.

It will be twice the height of Nelson’s Column, and bigger than Big Ben. The new crossing will improve traffic flow across the city from the A19 road through to the city centre and the Port of Sunderland and it is hoped that it will also create opportunities for regeneration and investment along the river bank.

The work continues on Saturday to lift the centrepiece into the fully upright position and the bridge is due to be complete in the spring of 2018.

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Duncombe Park Steam Rally

Held in the picturesque grounds of Duncombe Park near Helmsley in North Yorkshire the Duncombe Park Steam Rally attracts over 40 full sized steam engines along with miniature engines, commercial vehicles, tractors, vintage cars and motorcycles and a large array of trade stands and entertainment. Thousands of people are expected to attend the event that runs over the weekend…

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Carreiros

The Monte Sledges on the archipelago of Madeira are traditionally made of wicker and whilst gravity provides the momentum they are assisted and controlled during their descent by two sledge drivers called “Carreiros”.

Originally used by the people living in the village of Monte as a means of quick transportation into the capital Funchal, the Monte Sledges first appeared in 1850 and are still used to this day attracting thousands of tourists every year.

The Sledge drivers dress in their traditional clothing that consists of white cotton clothes and a hat made of straw. They also use rubber soled boots so that they are able stop the sledge when necessary as it glides down the hill. The wooden runners on the sledges frequently smell of burning caused by the friction of sliding down the tarmac covered roads as they speed towards the bottom of the hill.

 

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A “Carreiro” sits in the shade on wicker toboggans

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A “Carreiro” enjoys a beer in a local bar during a break

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“Carreiros” enjoy a beer in a local bar between runs down the hill

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A “Carreiro” stands in a doorway in the village of Monte

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“Carreiros”prepare their toboggans at the top of the hill in Monte

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The toboggan drivers, known as “Carreiros” walk to work in the village of Monte

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A Monte toboggan slides down the hill towards the capital Funchal controlled by the “Carreiros”

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“Carreiros”

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