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£5m Lagan foot and cycle bridge opens just in time for Tall Ships

By Michael McHugh

Published 01/07/2015

Tourists on the newly opened Lagan Weir footbridge and cycleway yesterday afternoon
Tourists on the newly opened Lagan Weir footbridge and cycleway yesterday afternoon
Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey with some young cyclists after he opened the bridge
A view of the sweeping structure

A new bridge across the River Lagan has been opened in Belfast city centre.

The £5m Lagan Weir pedestrian and cycle bridge connects Donegall Quay with Queen's Quay.

It replaces an old footbridge that was used by 16,000 people each week.

Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey said: "This magnificent bridge considerably improves the connection from Belfast city centre to Queen's Quay and showcases the potential for development in this area."

It will improve links between the city centre, Queen's Quay and the Titanic Quarter, the DUP minister added.

The span is approximately eight metres across at its widest point.

It was built by Graham Construction and has been completed in time for the Tall Ships 2015 event.

Leo Martin, executive director for Graham Construction, said: "Our site team have worked incredibly hard to ensure we completed the bridge ahead of the Tall Ships arriving, and I wish to thank them all for their commitment.

"It gives us great pleasure to be able to play our part in enhancing the infrastructure in Belfast city centre."

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