Belfast Telegraph

100,000 people cross playwright's bridge

By Linda Stewart

The Sam Thompson Bridge yesterday reached 100,000 crossings just 137 days after opening.

The walking and cycling bridge named after the playwright connects Victoria Park in east Belfast to Airport Road and was installed as part of the £35m Connswater Community Greenway project.

Thousands of employees in Bombardier, the Harbour Estate and Titanic Quarter have been using the bridge, and it has also provided freedom of movement for residents and commuters between east Belfast, the Titanic Quarter and the city centre.

For the past year major renovation works have also been undertaken in Orangefield Park, including a realigned Knock River, two bridges, pond-dipping area and outdoor gym.

The second and final phase of Connswater Community Greenway will include a CS Lewis-themed public square at Holywood Arches and 13km of paths for walking and cycling.

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