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Bridging the gap from Cardiff to Vale
Pont y Werin bridge under construction
The third section of Pont y Werin was lifted into place last Thursday

The Pont y Werin bridge linking Cardiff Bay and Penarth has moved a step closer to completion with the third section of the bridge being put into place.

The last of the four spans each weighing between 38 and 46 tonnes will be lifted into place on Thursday.

The UK's largest mobile crane has been brought in to carry out the job.

Pont y Werin will officially open to the public in June allowing pedestrians and cyclists to cross between Penarth and the International Sports Village.

The design incorporates a 20 metre opening section to allow river traffic to pass.

Jane Hutt and Lee Waters
Environment Minister Jane Hutt and Lee Waters of Sustrans Cymru watched progress

The bridge will also provide the final link completing the Bay Edge Walkway and cycle route and connect it into the Vale of Glamorgan.

Funding for the new bridge has come from the Welsh Assembly Government, sustainable transport charity Sustrans, Cardiff Harbour Authority, along with Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan council.

Sustrans have helped fund this new route for Cardiff, including the Pont y Werin, using part of a £50m award they received from the Big Lottery Fund in 2007.

The charity is creating new walking and cycling routes across the UK to connect communities and help people make more local, everyday journeys by foot or by bike.

Lee Waters, director of Sustrans Cymru, said: "Pont y Werin will truly be a people's bridge.

"It will open the way for people to get from Cardiff Bay to Penarth and beyond in more sustainable ways.

"By completing a circuit around the bay this new bridge will be a superb new local facility for everyday travel in the city as well as a national landmark."

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