This was a temporary bridge built in 1967 to replace the Tyne Bridge near the station (which was no longer in use for vehicles) to give access to a plastics factory and to Plenmeller. It has now been made unnecessary since the opening of the Haltwhistle By-pass and serves as a footbridge from a residential area to the old road on the south side of the Tyne, from where the other pedestrian bridge, the Blue bridge, can be reached. It carried traffic until 1997 when the by-pass was opened.
Halwhistle is an old market town that has had some importance industrially and as the junction for the Alston branch railway. It is a good centre for visiting the Roman Wall.