Northern Ireland

Lagan Weir footbridge to be replaced in £5.5m investment

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Media captionThe new bridge will improve access for cyclists, but some have questioned its cost

A new £5.5m bridge will be built in Belfast to replace the existing Lagan Weir footbridge, it has been announced.

The new bridge will include access for cyclists and improve access to the Queen's Quay area, Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey has said.

He added that it was a significant investment in the area and that it would act as a catalyst for further development at Queen's Quay.

It is expected that the bridge will be completed in spring 2015.

Image caption Mervyn Storey announced the plans at Lagan Weir

The Department of Social Development said work would begin shortly and that it was part of the enabling works for the Queen's Quay development site.

"The Lagan Weir footbridge has been in place for over 20 years and unfortunately can only accommodate pedestrian footfall," said Mr Storey.

"The new bridge, which will be up to 8m wide, will accommodate both cyclists and pedestrians and will provide a viewing area for people to enjoy the fantastic views of Belfast Lough.

"The Queen's Quay master plan sets out an exciting vision of the development potential for this area and the footbridge will promote the area as somewhere to invest

"The refurbished bridge will further link Belfast city centre and the Titanic Quarter as well as creating an eye-catching landmark."

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