New bridge designs for Perth go on display

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The public is asked to vote for their favourite design

People in Perth are being asked to vote for their favourite design of a new bridge to be built across the River Tay.

Perth and Kinross Council said the public would be able to comment on the plans for three weeks from Friday.

The pedestrian and cycle bridge will span the river from the North Inch to Isla Road at Upper Springlands.

The multi-million pound crossing was announced in December 2007. It is hoped it will be completed in 2011.

The bridge has received £1.25m from the Big Lottery Fund. The money will also be used to make improvements to local walking and cycling routes in Perth.

After the public consultation, the next stage in the process will involve more detailed plans being drawn up and an investigation of the proposed site taking place.

Building work is expected to take between six and eight months to complete.

Landmark structure

Council leader Ian Miller said it was important for the people of Perth to get involved in the design of the bridge.

He added: "We want people to tell us which of the two options they prefer so the community has a real hand in the decision-making process."

Rowena Colpitts, from Sustrans, said the bridge would be a "landmark" in the area for years to come.

People can vote for their favourite plans on the Perth and Kinross website, or request paper copies from the council.

The consultation is open until midnight on 3 September.

The Connect2 project is a partnership between the transport partnership Tactran and the transport charity Sustrans.

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