The final piece in a £3.4 million travel network jigsaw was complete today (27th April 2012) with the official opening of a new bridge which marks fulfillment of an 80-year dream of the former Scunthorpe town planner Sir Patrick Abercrombie.
The Mayor of North Lincolnshire cuts the ribbon
The new bridge on West Common Lane was opened by the mayor of North Lincolnshire, Councillor Kieth Vickers, who said, “It was the vision of the 1920s planner, Sir Patrick Abercrombie to join together the five villages, that today make up Scunthorpe and we now have a fantastic route from Riddings all the way through to Crosby.”
A second bridge over Bridges Road was earlier reopened after it was forced to be shut after vandals had thrown object off it onto passing traffic, both the bridges are now covered by cctv.
On the bridge
Called the Ridgeway it is 6 miles long and has taken 4 years to build. The funding for the project was provided by Sustrans (a UK Wide cycle track project) and the National Lottery Fund. The route has beautiful, peaceful views westwards over the Trent Valley, that join seamlessly with schools and colleges along the way and to Central Park. It links residential areas to schools and colleges and connects people to town centre amenities including the hospital, health centres and the award winning Pods sport and leisure centre and provides a safe off-road route through the western side of Scunthorpe from Atkinson’s Warren to Manor Park.
Cyclists enjoy the bridge
A presentation to officials, School children and other dignitaries was held in the West Common Lane sports hall be for hand with the bridge being opened at 3:30pm.
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