The new £1.7 billion sea bridge connecting 14m people | World | News

When asked to name a huge bridge, there are a few obvious examples people in the UK will think of – the Humber Bridge, Dartford Crossing and Forth Bridge being among the obvious examples.

However, elsewhere in the world, some structures put these in the shade in terms of their sheer length.

Joining the list this year is the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, which opened to traffic in January.

The 13-mile bridge, the longest sea bridge in India, links Mumbai, a city of 12.5 million people with its satellite city of Navi Mumbai, which itself is home to 1.6million people.

Construction on the £1.7billion project started in April 2018 and finally finished in December 2023.

The bridge has six lanes of traffic with three lanes running in each direction – and can handle 70,000 vehicles a day and a 62mph speed limit.

The structure, officially known as the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sewri–Nhava Sheva Atal Setu, has a total of 1,089 pillars in the water.

Officially opened by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January, it is expected the bridge will have a lifespan of more than 100 years.

There are tolls for different vehicles to cross the bridge – with car drivers paying the equivalent of £1.89 for a single journey across it.

Buses, lorries and other larger vehicles pay more, with some other types of vehicles banned from the bridge completely.

These include two and three-wheeled vehicles and animal-driven vehicles, as well as cyclists. 

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