More than a quarter of a million people have now crossed Derry’s Peace Bridge.
Ilex, Derry’s regeneration company, yesterday confirmed that more than 250,000 people have walked on the iconic structure since it was opened to the public on June 25.
And many hundreds more are expected to be on the bridge to witness this year’s fireworks spectacular. Access to the Peace Bridge for the big event on October 31 will be on a first come, first served basis, although numbers will be restricted for health and safety reasons.
Michael Gallagher, Ilex’s Strategy and Regeneration Manager said that the high pedestrian movement on the bridge was proof that it was changing the way people move in the city. “The Peace Bridge was given significant funding from the EU Peace III programme because of the way it would make very real changes to the look and feel of the city. Now, just four months after its launch, the bridge has exceeded everyone’s expectations with over a quarter of a million pedestrians and cyclists using it to access St. Columb’s Park, the Waterside and city side. This figure has been calculated using a range of methods including handheld counters, sampling and the multi-directional digital counter which has been installed on the bridge”. The survey found that the busiest day of the week on the bridge is Saturday, followed by Wednesday with peak time at around 3pm.
Derry’s Mayor Alderman Maurice Devenney said popularity of the bridge was significant.
“This is great news for the city and proof of how the Peace Bridge has won the hearts and minds of the people in Derry~Londonderry.
“This year we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Hallowe’en Carnival and, for the first time ever, people will be able to view the fireworks display from the Peace Bridge.”
The fireworks display will be held on Monday 31st October at 8pm and restricted numbers will be allowed on the Peace Bridge. Access via Ebrington will be closed when the bridge has reached capacity. The third bridge across the River Foyle, the Peace Bridge was built with the aid of £14.49m from the European Union’s PEACE III Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).