20 March 2013

Jacques Chaban-Delmas Bridge, Bordeaux


The French Post issued a postage stamp featuring Jacques Chaban-Delmas Vertical-lift Bridge. It is EUROPE’S largest lift bridge,  opened in Bordeaux on 17 March 2013, with the Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas spanning the River Garonne.The central lift span is 117m long and can be lifted vertically up to 53m to let tall ships pass underneath. One of the first ships to pass under it was the historic three-masted schooner Belem.

President Hollande inaugurated the €160 million bridge, which connects the Bastide district near the city’s wharves with Bacalan. He named it after the late Jacques Chaban-Delmas, who was mayor of Bordeaux for 48 years.


The bridge is 575m long with the central lift span weighing around 2,600 tonnes. Its width varies from 32 to 45m and it will be used by cars, trams, cyclists and pedestrians. It can handle 43,000 vehicles a day and will reduce traffic congestion in Bordeaux.

The construction of the project lasted three and a half years and employed about 900 people, the construction needed 43,000 m3 of concrete and 6,500 tons of structural steel.

The Jacques Chaban-Delmas vertical-lift bridge, creation of architect Thomas Lavigne, is one of the largest in Europe, with a length of 433 m and a height of 77 m. It can lift its central span with a pulley system in just 11 minutes.

Jacques Chaban-Delmas was a major figure of the Resistance, Mayor of Bordeaux, Prime Minister of Georges Pompidou and former President of the National Assembly. He died in 2000 at the age of 85.

Club News



 RPSL representative for India



Royal Philatelic Society London has appointed Mr Markand Dave of Nadiad as RPSL Representative for India. Those who wish to take membership of RPSL may  contact him at email :  MARKAND7@YAHOO.COM or visit WWW.RPSL.ORG.UK  for more details.

Stamp exhibitions




Solan : SOLPEX 2013

District level stamp exhibition SOLPEX 2013 concluded today in Solan, Himachal Pradesh . . It was organized in B.L.Central Public School.  Around 24 frames were exhibited. Mr Satya Pal Thakur won first prize in the Senior Category whereas Bhumika Sharma was awarded first prize in Youth Group.

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