Beam footbridge opened connecting Barking and Dagenham to Havering
PUBLISHED: 18:30 20 October 2014 | UPDATED: 07:30 21 October 2014
Barking and Dagenham moved a step closer to Havering this afternoon after a new walking and cycling bridge spanning the River Beam was lifted into place.
The 26-tonne Bretons Bridge, which links the boroughs between the Bretons Outdoor Centre and Beam Valley Country Park, was lowered down in front of local residents and councillors.
Developed and delivered by sustainable transport charity Sustrans, the 100ft construction forms the centrepiece of a new walking and cycling route linking green spaces from Beam Valley to Hornchurch parks.
Barking and Dagenham council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell said: “The newly-installed bridge will be of real benefit to all users of the park, as well as making it easier for people to explore other parts of the site.
“In such tough times we will continue to explore innovative ways to fund such initiatives which will benefit the community as the council cannot do it alone.”
New paths are currently being built on either side of the river to connect the bridge to nearby existing paths, with completion expected by early next month.
Cllr Melvin Wallace, Havering cabinet member for culture and community engagement said: “The new bridge will provide a safe and easy route to cross the river and a great cycle route, which compliments the council’s campaign to get more people on their bikes.
“It also breaks down borough boundaries by tangibly connecting Havering with Barking and Dagenham, and we thank TfL and Sustrans for making this happen.”
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