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'Gateway' triumph marked by WMN

A £34.6m project to widen and strengthen the Tamar Bridge in Plymouth has been marked with an eight-page supplement from the Western Morning News.

The Tamar Bridge Story looked at the history of the landmark and charted progress of the latest work to bring it into the 21st century.

The supplement was put together by reporter Paul Berger, who interviewed engineers, businesspeople and politicians for their views on the improvements that took the bridge – a vital east-west link across the Tamar – up to five lanes.

Workers endured poor weather and difficult working conditions to complete the project, the most ground-breaking work carried out since the bridge was opened in 1962 by The Queen Mother.

Editor Barrie Williams said: “Good communications are the key to a brighter future for the Westcountry economy.

“The Tamar Bridge occupies an important part of the general Westcountry scene.

“For starters, it is the means by which most people get from Devon into Cornwall and vice-versa.

“It is also an instantly recognizable landmark and, at the grand old age of 40, an important and, some would even say, a beautiful structure.”

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