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The 50 metre long, five metre wide pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Grand Union Canal is a key part of the city’s Connecting Leicester programme.
The bridge leads from outside the Leicester Riders Morningside Arena on Charter Street to the open space of Abbey Park.
Designed to be an elegant structure, seamlessly blending into its surrounding environment, the bridge was used by 47,000 pedestrians and 6,400 cyclists during the first six months after its opening.
The Charter Street bridge is a key part Connecting Leicester, which is removing barriers to connectivity between key areas of the city and helping create a safe and family-friendly city centre.
The bridge helps to improve access to leisure and to promote safe and sustainable transport through walking and cycling.
The bridge's proportions created a number of technical challenges during design and construction. The main superstructure was delivered to site via Abbey Park in six sections before on-site assembly took place. It was then lifted into place.
The bridge was designed to be wide enough to accommodate the huge crowds which are attracted to the park during events such as the annual bonfire.
Danaher & Walsh (Civil Engineering) Ltd
Leicester City Council
William Saunders Partnership
LLEP Local Growth Fund
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