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2014 - New Westminster - Fraser River Bridges

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Image by Ted's photos - Gone until late Nov. Bridges over the Fraser River in Nerw Westminster BC. The sky train cable stayed Skybridge, the through arch Patullo and the low level railway swing bridge. A Translink Model I skytrain is crossing the Skybridge. This bridge has two support towers. SKYBRIDGE: The SkyBridge is a cable-stayed bridge in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Built between 1987 and 1989, it spans the Fraser River and connects New Westminster with Surrey. The does not carry automotive vehicles and has two tracks enabling the TransLink SkyTrains to pass either way on the bridge on its journey between King George Station in Surrey and Waterfront Station in Downtown Vancouver. A third set of rails in the middle, not connected to the SkyTrain tracks, is used by maintenance crews to truck equipment back and forth on the bridge. The bridge has two 123-metre (404 ft) tall towers and carries trains 45 metres (148 ft) above the Fraser River and valley. The main span is 340 metres (1,120 ft) and the total length is 616 metres (2,021 ft), making it the longest cable-supported transit-only bridge in the world. PATULLO: The Pattullo Bridge is a through arch bridge located in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia, Canada. Constructed in 1936â€"37, it spans the Fraser River and links the city of New Westminster on the north bank of the river to the city of Surrey on the south bank. The bridge was named in honour of Thomas Dufferin Pattullo, former premier of British Columbia. The bridge's base is constructed of wood. A key link between Surrey and the rest of Greater Vancouver, according to TransLink, the Pattullo bridge handles an average of 67,000 cars and 3400 trucks daily, or roughly 20 percent of vehicle traffic across the Fraser River. These number are low now the Port Mann toll bridge opened up river. Motorists come here to avoid the toll.. SWING BRIDGE: The New Westminster Bridge (also known as the Fraser River Swing Bridge) crosses the Fraser River and connects New Westminster with Surrey, British Columbia, in Canada. The New Westminster Bridge was constructed in 1904 and was originally built with two decks. The lower deck was used for rail traffic, and the upper deck was used for automobile traffic. With the opening of the Pattullo Bridge in 1937, the upper deck was removed and the bridge was converted exclusively for rail use. The toll for the upper bridge was 25 cents and created quite an uproar for farmers who found out quickly that by taking their livestock across on foot would cost them a quarter a head but if they put them in a truck it cost a quarter for the whole load. The bridge was the preferred method of transport across the Fraser until the Pattullo Bridge opened in 1937. Prior to that to cross that part of the river meant using the K De K ferry which would dock at the present day Brownsville location. The bridge is owned and operated by the BNSF Railway, while the Canadian National Railway has trackage rights as do Via Rail's The Canadian (to Toronto) and Amtrak's Cascades passenger trains (to Seattle).

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UK Business Secretary, Vince Cable at the GREAT British Festival in Chennai during his visit to India automotive cable
Image by bisgovuk BIS Press Office ‏@Bispressoffice 11 Dec @vincecable: JLR Indian-owned UK car maker on show here at GREAT British Festival Chennai @UKinIndia @bisgovuk pic.twitter.com/2YDgrZtnsM Business Secretary Vince Cable, during his recent 4 day trade visit to India (9-12 December 2013); he took a delegation of 25 British companies to India’s growing regional cities. The visit began in New Delhi where Dr Cable co-chaired the annual UK-India trade and economic committee with the Indian Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, Anand Sharma. Plans to develop business opportunities and strengthen existing partnerships over the coming year to progress advanced engineering, education and skills and innovation through business were the focus of the talks. Dr Cable and the business delegation went on to visit Coimbatore (Tuesday 10 December 2013), Chennai (Wednesday 11 December 2013) and Bangalore (Thursday 12 December 2013) - each fast growing regional cities with considerable growth potential for UK companies. It was the minister’s first visit to Coimbatore, which is one of the fast growing smaller cities in India. Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "Economic recovery remains a central priority for the UK and our industrial strategy is a key element in giving businesses the confidence to invest. Trade has lagged in recent years but I am delighted that UK exports to India have grown by some 20% this year. UK firms are the largest European investors in India and there is more Indian investment in the UK than the rest of the EU combined, led by Tata. We have always had a special relationship between our countries and I am keen to push business collaboration much further as we work towards doubling trade with India by 2015." During the visit Dr Cable signed a new £180 million repayment guarantee deal underwritten by UK Export Finance (UKEF) and coordinated by HSBC which will support Indian company Reliance Industries Limited to place up to 30 service and equipment contracts with UK companies for their Jamnagar and Dahej oil refineries. The visit follows the announcement in the Autumn Statement that UKTI’s presence in India will be increased by investing £6 million in the next financial year. This will enhance the level of support for UK companies in India, and strengthen the proposition for Indian companies to invest in the UK. In Chennai Dr Cable inaugurated the GREAT British Festival which showcases UK companies in India and he took part in an interactive session with young entrepreneurs at the PSG STEP entrepreneurial park. Mr Cable also visited G Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital to explore health partnerships and promote SME links by participating in a video-conference between UK and Indian SMEs during his visit to Tata Consultancy Services. www.gov.uk/government/news/business-secretary-takes-trade... www.greatbusiness.gov.uk www.gov.uk/government/policies/using-industrial-strategy-...

 
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