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Harbour bridge design is revealed

5 June 09 11:17 GMT

The design of a new £4m bridge for walkers and cyclists has been unveiled for Rhyl harbour in Denbighshire.

The bridge spanning 80m has been given a nautical design, and two walkways will lift to allow boats to pass.

The contract has been awarded by the local council, Welsh Assembly Government and sustainable transport charity Sustrans.

Glyn Evans of Sustrans said it would be a "great centrepiece" to regeneration plans for the seaside town.

The work has been awarded to contractor Dawnus and engineers Gifford, and the bridge is expected to be ready by the middle of 2011.

If plans are passed by councillors, the crossing over the Foryd Harbour will link into a network of new and existing walking and cycling routes in the heart of Rhyl's regeneration area.

Leighton Andrews, deputy regeneration minister, said it would provide a "distinctive, eye-catching, iconic landmark and set a new high standard of design that will mark the start of a new era for the town".

Consultation

Denbighshire council's lead member for regeneration, David Thomas, said there would be "extensive consultation" over the next few months with residents, businesses and local groups.

A model of the bridge, and details of regeneration plans for West Rhyl will go on display in July in Rhyl and Kinmel Bay.

The bridge is funded by the Big Lottery Fund through Sustrans and European money.

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