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New bridge extends cycle network

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 02, 2012

The last section of the £1.1 million Town Quay Bridge, linking Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton, is lifted into place

The last section of the £1.1 million Town Quay Bridge, linking Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton, is lifted into place

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A new bridge linking two communities in Devon is nearing completion.

The final section of the £1.1 million Town Quay Bridge linking Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton was lifted into place this week.

Finishing works are continuing on the development, with lighting parapets awaiting installation and approaches for the cycle way to be completed.

The new 90-metre-long steel cable-stay bridge is being developed by Devon County Council and charity Sustrans, as part of the charity's work in developing new everyday walking and cycling links in communities across the UK, with funding from the Big Lottery.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, the County Council's cabinet member responsible for highways and transportation, said: "This will be another impressive structure on Devon's growing cycle network and hopefully it will encourage more people to cycle between Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton, while forming a key link in our efforts to build a Trail along the Teign Estuary towards Teignmouth."

Sustrans South West director Adrian Roper said: "After a lot of hard work and preparation it is great to see such a visible development in connecting Kingsteignton and Newton Abbot happening. The bridge and links at both ends will provide a direct and really attractive route between the two places and we look forward to the grand opening."

The bridge is expected to be completed and open to the public early next year.

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