Manchester and Salford link bridge put into place

A crane lifts a bridge over the River Irwell into place
Image caption The footbridge lies between New Quay Street and Bridge Street road bridges

A footbridge linking Manchester and Salford has been hoisted into place across the River Irwell.

The 44m (144ft) bridge, stretching from Leftbank to Stanley Street, is the third of five new proposed bridge connections between the cities.

Salford council leader John Merry said the bridge would "unlock the economic potential" of the area.

Part of the £72m Irwell River Park project, the bridge will open to the public in early spring.

The £1.8m bridge was lifted into place using a 1,000 tonne crane.

It was funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), lead developers Allied London and Salford City Council.

Sir Howard Bernstein, vice chair of the North West ERDF Local Management Committee, said it was a "vital piece of infrastructure" that would provide "an important contribution to economic growth in Salford and Spinningfields".

The Irwell River Park project is a joint initiative by Salford City Council, Manchester City Council, Trafford Council and the Northwest Regional Development Agency to reinvigorate the area around the river from MediaCityUK via Manchester city centre to Peel Park in Salford.

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