A new cycle bridge across the A14 in Bury St Edmunds has been officially opened.
Councillor Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Roads and Transport, cut an orange ribbon at a ceremony on Tuesday alongside a welcoming crowd of local cyclists and pedestrians.
The bridge, which links the residential area around Northgate Avenue with the industrial estate on Thingoe Hill, was built after Suffolk County Council secured £1.5million in funding from the Department of Transport Cycle Safety Fund, managed by safe cycling charity Sustrans.
The project also included the resurfacing of Malthouse Lane and the northern section of Northgate Avenue to provide an all-weather surface for pedestrians and cyclists, alongside new lighting, footpath widening and an enhanced route.
Cllr Newman said: “I’m glad to see this new bridge come into completion, and already seeing so many use it; elderly and young pedestrians, cyclists, those with pushchairs and even four person tandem.
“The robust support we received from local people and political members has been key in developing this piece of work, from the design stage until now. “The connection between one side of Bury with the other was made difficult with the A14 running through the town.
“The bridge will provide a quick and safe link for pedestrians and cyclists to get into town, and I’m confident that many people will reconsider their mode of transport when they realise just how quick and convenient their journey can be. “I must thank everyone who has had a hand in this process.
“This has ensured that we secured a result, which local people and those visiting Bury can be proud of and make good use of - both now and in years to come.”
Bury resident Clare Spiller said: “The bridge is great for us.
“We try to ride to school as much as possible and Fornham Road was the only part of our route that didn’t feel safe.
“It is really good to be able to avoid it now. A big thank you to those who have made it happen.”