07/01/2015

Progress Made On New Lagan Bridge

A preferred option for a new foot and cycle bridge over the River Lagan has been selected.

The proposed bridge will be a 141 metre long cable stayed bridge and will be available for use by both pedestrians and cyclists. It will have a steel deck and 40 metre high steel towers which will be constructed close to the banks of the River Lagan, leaving the main central section of the river free from obstruction.

Commenting on the preferred option, Transport Minister Danny Kennedy said: "During the summer of 2013, I asked for a feasibility report for a new pedestrian/cycle bridge over the River Lagan in the vicinity of the Gasworks site. The feasibility study was published on 17 April 2014. Out of the 11 design options developed as part of the report, three options were recommended for further consideration.

"We have now examined these options further and selected a preferred option which has a striking design and will be an iconic construction connecting two of the city's key assets, the Gasworks Business Park and the Ormeau Park. It will also include a pedestrian and cycle crossing on Ormeau Embankment Road to allow access into Ormeau Park.

"At a cost of between £7million to £9million, the preferred design is the least expensive of the three options and is expected to have the least environmental impact during construction. In addition, the steel towers will be built close to the banks of the river which will minimise the impact on the river."

A consultation regarding the environmental issues associated with the proposed bridge will now take place. There will also be opportunities for the public to view the preferred design and discuss the plans with the design team. It is anticipated that a planning application will be submitted for the project later this year.

(JP)

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