Blueprints are chosen for new planned footbridge in Belfast

A preferred option for a proposed new foot and cycle bridge over the river Lagan has been announced by Transport Minister Danny Kennedy
A preferred option for a proposed new foot and cycle bridge over the river Lagan has been announced by Transport Minister Danny Kennedy

A preferred design has been selected for a new multimillion-pound bridge.

The crossing, for cyclists and pedestrians only, would span the Lagan River in south Belfast, connecting the Gasworks business park with the Ormeau side of the river.

In April 2014, the proposals had been narrowed down to three possible options from an original 10 thanks to a public consultation.

The one which has now been selected is 141m-long (594ft), with two 40 metre steel towers (131ft) constructed close to the banks, leaving the main central section of the river free from obstruction.

A consultation on the environmental issues associated with the project is to take place this month.

Transport minister Danny Kennedy said: “At a cost of between £7m to £9m, the preferred design is the least expensive of the three options and is expected to have the least environmental impact during construction.”

Subject to the environmental consultation, a planning application could be submitted later on this year.