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Millennium Bridge set to go green

Millennium Bridge Gateshead
The existing lights date from the opening of the "blinking eye" in 2001.

A famous Tyneside landmark will go green in time for Christmas.

The Gateshead Millennium bridge is to be fitted with 80,000 hi-tech, energy efficient lighting that will be brighter, greener and cheaper.

The existing lights will be turned off on 15 December and the new lights are expected to be in place on 24 December.

A spokesperson from Gateshead Council said the new lights would also allow more interesting and exciting lighting designs to illuminate the Tyne.

The existing lights date from the opening of the "blinking eye" structure in 2001.

Tourist attraction

Their replacements, using light emitting diodes as opposed to traditional lamps, are expected to be brighter and last more than 15 years.

Linda Green from Gateshead Council said: "The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is one of the structures which has made Gateshead what it is today.

"Alongside The Sage Gateshead and The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, it has become one of the North East's biggest tourist attractions.

"These new lights will bring an exciting new look to the Tyne at night as well as doing their bit to help the environment and reduce our energy consumption."



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