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'Landmark' bridge arches in place
Celtic Gateway bridge, Holyhead
The bridge's steel arches are now in place
Steel arches forming the centrepiece of a footbridge at the entrance to Holyhead port have been put in place.

The Celtic Gateway bridge is intended to boost Holyhead's economy by bringing some of the 2.4m passengers passing yearly through the port into the town.

The 6.2m bridge is due to open to walkers in early 2006.

Supporters of the project have said it will become a "feature" in the town, but opponents have said the money could have been better spent on the town.

The 15-tonne stainless steel arches were shipped in from Italy, where they were constructed by company Cimolai, who supplied the arches for the roof of the Olympic stadium in Athens.

Several sections of the structure were moved into place on Tuesday afternoon.

'Attract people'

Anglesey Council has said it hopes the bridge will play a "significant role" in Holyhead's economic generation, providing a link for thousands of ferry passengers who would otherwise bypass the town.

Town mayor, Ann Kennedy, said the bridge would become a Holyhead landmark.

She added: "I think the bridge will make a difference to the town's economy.

"It will give it a boost and attract people into the town centre - it will be a feature in the town.

But others opposed to the project have said the money could have been spent elsewhere in the town.

Deputy mayor, Trevor Lloyd Hughes, claimed the bridge was becoming "a joke," and was built without full consultation of Holyhead residents.

He added: "Did they ask the people of Holyhead what they want? My understanding is they didn't."

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