Pedestrian bridge in Albert Dock, Liverpool, completed

The installation of a new pedestrian bridge across Dukes Dock, linking Kings Waterfront and Albert Dock, has been completed.

The bridge is part of the 'Waterfront Connections' programme, a series of projects designed to improve access and infrastructure along the City Centre Waterfront.

The bridge, spanning 35m and 7m wide, has been designed to accommodate thousands of people moving between the new Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool and Albert Dock, the city’s most popular tourist destination, and vehicular access for emergency services.

Contractors Alfred McAlpine lifted the 80 ton steel bridge into position overnight, with civil works on site continuing over the coming weeks. The bridge is on target for completion in September but will not be fully operational until the Arena and Convention Centre opens in early 2008.

The bridge has been designed to link the city’s old and new, complementing new development at Kings Waterfront and the historic architecture of the Albert Dock.

Jim Gill OBE, Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision commented: 'The Dukes Dock bridge will create another important link between Kings Waterfront and Albert Dock, and marks a further important step in the delivery of the Waterfront Connections programme.

'It will be vital to the operation of the Arena and Convention Centre and ensure that residents and visitors can move freely between two of the city’s most important visitor destinations, to the benefit of both.'

Steven Broomhead, NWDA Chief Executive, said: 'Accolades including Liverpool’s designation as European Capital of Culture and World Heritage Site have propelled the city on to the world stage promoting its tourism offer to an international audience.

'Improved infrastructure is crucial in meeting the demands of this increasingly popular visitor destination, which is why the Waterfront Connections project is vital to the economic development of the area.'

Kings Waterfront is the single largest development site in Liverpool City Centre. A partnership of Liverpool Vision, national regeneration agency English Partnerships, Northwest Regional Development Agency and Liverpool City Council, with additional funding support from the European Objective One Programme, is jointly promoting its development.

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