Belfast Telegraph

Stormont deadlock 'putting brakes on cyclist bridge'

By Michael McHugh

The creation of a "pivotal" bridge that will transform cyclists' access to Belfast city centre has been stalled because of the power-sharing impasse, campaigners have said.

The span across the River Lagan, near the Gasworks, needs £7-9 million in order for it to be built, but spending decisions are on hold.

The Bikefast organisation said: "It passed planning last year and is effectively shovel-ready. It needs between £7m and £9m of capital to realise this transformative project for the Markets and lower Ravenhill.

"Without a working government in Northern Ireland it remains a stalled project."

At one stage it was estimated that about 1,000 people would use the pedestrian and cyclists' bridge every day across the Lagan.

The bridge would be about halfway between the Albertbridge Road and the Ormeau Road - two routes used very heavily by pedestrians and cyclists.

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