Saturday, February 23, 2013

Watermead C2 - the final link - OPENING CEREMONY

Cllr Pendleton cuts the tape for the formal opening.
That last link in the Watermead C2 project, the new bridge over the River Wreake at its junction with the Grand Union Canal near Syston, was formally opened on Thursday 21 February 2013.  Local and County Councillors, Sustrans representatives, staff from the County Council and from the contractor firm responsible for the construction of the bridge, plus media representatives and public watched Cllr. Lesley Pendleton cut the tape to open the bridge. 

Winnie Morris unveils the plaque to name the bridge.
The bridge has been named 'THREE WAY BRIDGE', following the competition-winning suggestion of a pupil at the nearest school, Cossington C of E Primary School.  The bridge joins 3 routes for cyclists and walkers, heading for Cossington, Syston, Watermead Park or Leicester.  At present, the route from Cossington is, in Sustrans terms, a link to NCN 48 and eventually to NCN 6.  Eventually it may form a section of a northward extension of NCN 50 from Leicester towards Nottingham.

The Three Way Bridge

A final ceremony is planned for the early Summer to commemorate the completion of the Watermead C2 project.