A new pedestrian and cycle bridge has opened on the River Corrib in Galway.

It is the first new crossing of the river to be constructed in 35 years.

Designed for the use of an estimated 10,000 pedestrians and cyclists each day, the new bridge forms part of a proposed transport corridor across Galway, aimed at reducing congestion and cutting carbon emissions.

The structure was assembled on site over a number of weeks last year, before being moved into place by cranes in December.

Since then, work has been continuing to fix it in place and complete access points on both sides of the Corrib.

The bridge crosses three water courses and is located just south of the existing Salmon Weir bridge.

For the moment it is being referred to as the Salmon Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge - an official name will be chosen in the coming months.

The bridge was officially opened today by Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan and Mayor of Galway City, Councillor Clodagh Higgins.  


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