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Peace bridge, Derry

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The Peace Bridge is a cycle and foot bridge across the River Foyle in Derry, Northern Ireland. It opened on 25 June 2011, connecting Ebrington Square with the rest of the city centre. It is the newest of three bridges in the city, the others being the Craigavon Bridge and the Foyle Bridge. The 235 metres (771 ft) bridge was designed by AECOM, who also designed the Sutong Yangtze River Bridge, and Wilkinson Eyre Architects, who also designed the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

The bridge was opened to the public by EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn; accompanied by the First and deputy First Ministers, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness; and the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny. It is intended to improve relations between the largely unionist 'Waterside' on the east bank with the largely nationalist 'Cityside' on the west bank, by improving access between these areas, as part of wider regeneration plans. The bridge also provides a crossing over the railway line approaching Waterside station. The asymetrical bridge, which is 235 m (770 ft) long and 4 m (13 ft) metre wide, is supported by two sloping pillars and symbolises a coming-together of the two communities. Its curved footpath, track and cycleway link the Guildhall, in the centre of the city, with Ebrington Square in the Waterside area, and St. Columb's Park.
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  • This is a lovely foot/cycle bridge that joins the two river banks of the city. Well worth the short walk  more »
  • After a splendid evening meal it is worth a walk across to view the old barracks. Great view of Derry and the river.  more »
  • Beautiful city to stroll through shopping or not eating or not getting culture or not there was just so much to see and discover of the history of the city. Definitely getting several return visits in the future.
  • The peace bridge is just that peaceful. I sat on a bench in the middle just listening to the sound of the waves and looking at the beautiful view. The bridge leads to the protestant side which to be honest has almost nothing to do.
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