Ilex, the urban regeneration company today announced that the total pedestrian movement on the Peace Bridge has exceeded 250,000 since the bridge was launched on June 25th.
Michael Gallagher, Ilex’s Strategy and Regeneration Manager explained: “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”.
Highlighting the significance of the announcement, the Mayor, Alderman Maurice Devenney said: “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.