GOOLE SWING BRIDGE - Opened in 1869 across the River Ouse on the NER line to Hull and Doncaster. The bridge has 5 spans, four fixed while the 4th from the west swings to allow shipping access to the port Howdendyke just upriver. It has been hit by ships on a number of occasions:
21/12/73 - struck by German coaster VINETA (1766/81), causing one of the spans to fall into the river, leaving the bridge shut for nine months.
02/08/76, the Danish vessel LEON SIF (1329/67) hit one of the bridge's piers.
British Rail began closure procedures for the railway line due to costs associated repairing the bridge's pier, estimated at £2 million, coupled with a historic failure to get adequate compensation for damage to the bridge caused by shipping. In 1987, the structure was given a Grade II* listing by English Heritage.
23/11/88, one of the fixed spans was pushed out of alignment by the Swedish vessel SAMO (2490/70), which became trapped between the bridge's piers.
By the early 21st Century, understrength girders and corrosion had led to the line speed over the bridge being reduced to 60 mph for passenger trains, down to only 10 mph for most freightbtrains.
In 2009, a £6 million modernisation program began, resulting in a six-week closure.