Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Alderman Glenn Barr with Minister for Infrastructure Nichola Mallon and Lynn McDonald from DfC.
Marlborough Bridge in Central Craigavon has been transformed thanks to over £500,000 investment from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, the Department for Communities and Department for Infrastructure.
The bridge, which links Rushmere Shopping Centre and Marlborough House, plays a key role in connecting residential, leisure and retail areas. It has benefitted from the second phase of ABC Council’s Bridge Revitalisation Project - which aims to rejuvenate and modernise pedestrian bridges in Central Craigavon.
Since benefitting from the funding, the bridge has been transformed into a contemporary modern bridge, with enhancements that include new stainless steel railings, multi-colour handrail lighting and bridge up-lighting.
Welcoming the investment, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Alderman
Glenn Barr commented: “I am delighted to see the refurbishment of Marlborough Bridge which will ensure its continued use for predestrians and cyclists for years to come. The bridge has been transformed and modernised and I hope it will encourage more people to cycle and walk - which is good news for both our wellbeing and the local environment."
Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey said, “I am delighted my Department has been able to contribute £320,000 towards this project. This investment is a welcome boost for Central Craigavon. The refurbishment and modernisation of this main pedestrian footbridge at Central Way with its new stainless steel railings, multi-coloured LED hand rail lighting and up-lighting has transformed the appearance of the footbridge both throughout the day and at night. These works will complement previous public realm works and revitalisation schemes in Craigavon funded by the Department.”
The Department for Infrastructure has contributed £75,000 towards the main works and post-scheme enhancements, which are due to commence later this year. Minister for Infrastructure Nichola Mallon added: “This scheme represents an excellent example of what can be achieved through partnership working across Departments and local government to deliver high quality projects that encourage active travel.”
“I will continue to work with Council’s and other stakeholders to develop local active travel routes as part of my vision to encourage more people to walk and cycle - as we know this helps to connect communities, tackle the impact of climate change and improve our health and wellbeing. I hope the local community and visitors to the area will enjoy the benefits of this transformative project for many years.”
In addition, Craigavon town centre has benefitted from a recent public realm scheme completed earlier this year. Funded by Department for Communities as part of the Craigavon Revitalisation Scheme, the works saw the resurfacing of the streetscape at the South Lakes along with the installation of lighting and street furniture. Further revitalisation works are due to commence in Spring 2022 with a wayfinding and signage scheme for Craigavon town centre.