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Winning bridge design is unveiled
The design of the new bridge
The bridge will be the first new river crossing in the city for 40 years
The winning design for a new 1.9m bridge to be built across the River Cam in Cambridge has been unveiled.

It will be the first new river crossing in the city for 40 years.

The steel structure in the Chesterton/ Riverside area was chosen from six entries in a Cambridgeshire County Council design competition.

The 150m structure has been designed by Cambridge and London-based firm Whitby Bird and world-renowned sculptor Gerry Judah.

Residents were given the chance to vote for their favourite with the final decision made by a panel, including councillors and planning experts.

The new bridge will be arched and split-level, with a walkway and a separate, slightly elevated cycleway. There will also be a seating area for pedestrians.

The design of the new bridge
Work is set to start on the bridge in early 2005

Shona Johnstone, county council cabinet member for environment and transport said: "The panel had a tough decision to make as all the designs were of a very high standard.

"We are happy that the one we have chosen is right for the setting and obviously the people of Cambridge agree as it was also the one they liked best.

"I'm confident it will become a much-loved landmark in the city in years to come."

Work is set to start on the bridge in early 2005 and it could be open by 2006.

The last bridge to be put up across the river was Elizabeth Way bridge back in 1971.

There are nine bridges along the famous Backs, including the Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College and the Bridge of Sighs at St John's College.

A spokeswoman for the county council, which is spearheading the scheme, said it could cost between 1.2m and 1.9m.

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