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John Luke Bridge is Open For Business

Aug
9
2013

The new John Luke Bridge in Clement Wilson Park is now open for walkers and cyclists to use.

The £200,000 project, located at New Forge Lane, close to the Lock Keeper`s Cottage, is part of Belfast City Council`s £150 million Investment Programme, and replaces the old bridge that was on site for more than 50 years.

The old footbridge was closed last December after an engineer`s report identified that corrosion made it unsafe for users who had to be directed to other routes for continuing on the towpath.

Belfast Lord Mayor, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, said: “We know that walkers and cyclists have been waiting eagerly for this bridge to come back into use and we`re delighted that the work has been completed ahead of schedule, giving people plenty of time to enjoy this popular park throughout the rest of the summer.

“The new bridge uses an innovative butterfly design to spread the load when the crossing is in use, and it looks fantastic.

“We have decided to name it after the artist John Luke because he is famous for his watercolours of the River Lagan and, in addition, we have a wonderful mural which he also painted in the rotunda in City Hall,” said the Lord Mayor

The bridge replacement is the latest project to be delivered as part of the council`s Investment Programme - Dunville Park reopened to the public in July following a £2 million refurbishment, Woodvale Park is due to reopen tomorrow after another £2 million of work, and construction is currently underway on a new £1.8 million tourist information centre opposite City Hall.

For more information about the Investment Programme, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/investment

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