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Pont y Ddraig: 2 sections lifting-bridge in Rhyl harbour

News International-French

2 Jan 2014

A walking and cycling bridge providing a link over Rhyl Harbour and connecting Rhyl to Kinmel Bay, has officially opened.

VIPs and guests of honour turned out to be part of the grand opening of Rhyl’s state of the art iconic new bridge, Pont y Ddraig, with the bridge named by 11 year old Leon Jones, as part of a competition for local school children.

The pedestrian and cycle bridge, which spans the Clwyd estuary, is part of a £10.5 million development and will include a public square and a quayside building to create a hub for the harbour, the surrounding dunes and beach areas when the full project is completed.

Pont y Ddraig will provide the final link in 15 miles (24km) of traffic-free cycling across Conwy and Denbighshire counties, enabling more people to walk and cycle for everyday journeys.

The new route forms part of Sustrans’ Connect2 project, which was awarded £50million by the Big Lottery Fund following a public vote. The project has delivered new cycle routes that link the heart of communities across the UK, and recently won a National Lottery Award for Best Environmental Project.

The lightweight, 32 metre long bridge decks are made of glass fibre reinforced polymers and weigh around 8,000kg each. The bridge decks will open against the central 48 metre high (about 148ft) mast to allow boats through. A striking lighting scheme will ensure the bridge is as much of a feature by night as it is by day.

The project is funded by Denbighshire Council, Sustrans – through a Big Lottery Fund grant, the Welsh Government, including the European Regional Development Fund and RWE npower renewables’ Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm Tourism Fund.

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