Peace Bridge (Foyle)

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Peace Bridge
Peace Bridge Derry.jpg
Carries Cyclists
Pedestrians
Crosses River Foyle
Locale Derry, Northern Ireland
Design Self-anchored suspension bridge
Total length 235 m (771 ft)[1]
Width 4 m (13 ft)
Longest span 101 m (331 ft)
Opened 25 June 2011
Coordinates 54°59′53″N 7°18′59″W / 54.9980°N 7.3163°W / 54.9980; -7.3163Coordinates: 54°59′53″N 7°18′59″W / 54.9980°N 7.3163°W / 54.9980; -7.3163

The Peace Bridge is a cycle and footbridge bridge across the River Foyle in Derry, Northern Ireland. It opened on 25 June 2011, connecting Ebrington Square with the rest of the city centre. It is the newest of three bridges in the city, the others being the Craigavon Bridge and the Foyle Bridge. The 235 metres (771 ft) bridge was designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, who also designed the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.[2]

The bridge was opened to the public by EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn; accompanied by the First and deputy First Ministers, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness; and the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny.[3] It is intended to improve relations between the largely unionist 'Waterside' with the largely nationalist 'Cityside', by improving access between these areas, as part of wider regeneration plans. The bridge also provides a crossing over the railway line approaching Waterside station.

The bridge was funded jointly by the Department for Social Development (NI), the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government along with matching funding, totalling £14 million, from the SEUPB Peace III programme.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peace Bridge". iLex. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Wilkinson Eyre to design "Peace Bridge" in Derry". Wilkinson Eyre. 12 May 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Derry's Peace Bridge opened". UTV. 25 June 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Peace Bridge". Derry City Council. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 


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