The Peace Bridge is a cycle and foot bridge across the River Foyle in Derry, Northern Ireland. It opened on 25 June 2011, connecting Ebrington Square with the rest of the city centre. It is the newest of three bridges in the city, the others being the Craigavon Bridge and the Foyle Bridge. The 235 metres (771 ft) bridge was designed by AECOM, who also designed the Sutong Yangtze River Bridge, and Wilkinson Eyre Architects, who also designed the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.[2][3]

Peace Bridge
Coordinates54°59′53″N 7°18′59″W / 54.9980°N 7.3163°W / 54.9980; -7.3163
CrossesRiver Foyle
LocaleDerry, Northern Ireland
DesignSelf-anchored suspension bridge
Total length235 m (771 ft)[1]
Width4 m (13 ft)
Longest span101 m (331 ft)
Opened25 June 2011
A view of the Peace Bridge showing both sides of the river and a passing train

The bridge was opened to the public by EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn; accompanied by the First and deputy First Ministers, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness; and the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny.[4] It is intended to improve relations between the largely unionist Waterside on the east bank with the largely nationalist Cityside on the west bank, by improving access between these areas, as part of wider regeneration plans. The bridge also provides a crossing over the railway line approaching Waterside station. The asymmetrical bridge, which is 235 m (770 ft) long and 4 m (13 ft) metre wide, is supported by two sloping pillars and symbolises a coming-together of the two communities. Its curved footpath, track and cycleway link the Guildhall, in the centre of the city, with Ebrington Square in the Waterside area, and St. Columb's Park.[5]

Funding edit

The bridge was funded jointly by the Department for Social Development (NI), the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government along with matching funding, totalling £14 million, from the SEUPB Peace III programme.[6]

Foyle Peace bridge Derry, Northern Ireland at dusk

References edit

  1. ^ "Peace Bridge". iLex. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Peace Bridge". AECOM. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Wilkinson Eyre to design "Peace Bridge" in Derry". Wilkinson Eyre. 12 May 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Derry's Peace Bridge opened". UTV. 25 June 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  5. ^ Byron, Susan. "Derry Peace Bridge". Ireland's hidden gems. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Peace Bridge". Derry City Council. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011.

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