Published Thursday, 23 January 2014
One of the proposed designs for the new bridge. (© UTV)
A series of public information days is also being held across Belfast to show the proposed designs for the new bridge, which will be constructed between the Gasworks and Ormeau Park.
Transport Minister, Danny Kennedy said: "Last summer, I announced a feasibility study for the construction of a combined pedestrian and cycle bridge over the river Lagan. This initial work is due to be completed in February.
"My aim is to develop an iconic, landmark pedestrian and cycle bridge which will connect two of the city's key assets, the Gasworks Business Park and the Ormeau Park.
"The existing paths within Ormeau Park are widely used for walking and cycling while the recent introduction of woodland bicycle trails in Ormeau Park make it an attractive green space in the city centre.
"Importantly, the proposed bridge will build on my commitment to promote and develop cycling as it will provide a quiet route for cyclists and pedestrians to and from the city centre."
The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, said: "As a wannabe cyclist and keen runner it is great to see Belfast being made even more accessible for cyclists, runners and pedestrians. This new bridge will link one of our premier green areas with our city centre and will hopefully encourage more people to use cycles as a fast, efficient and environmentally friendly way to get around as well as encourage the public to exercise more.
"I think as many people as possible should attend the information days to ensure we get the iconic bridge that the city deserves."
The Feasibility Study is being undertaken by DRD and is due to be completed by the end of February 2014.
The information days are taking place on Thursday at Belfast City Hall from 11am to 6pm; next Monday at the Ozone Leisure Complex from 11:30am to 8pm; and next Tuesday at Shaftesbury Community & Recreation Centre from 11:30am to 8pm.
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