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Cardiff footbridge is a priority, insists Council

Cardiff Council yesterday insisted it was fully committed to the construction of a new cycle and footbridge following a protest in the Welsh capital.
Around 100 cyclists rallied to highlight the slow progress of the scheme to provide a crossing over the River Ely from the Cardiff International Sports Village to Penarth, claiming the path is a vital traffic congestion buster.It is hoped around £1.15M of the funding can be found from sustainable transport charity Sustrans' Connect2 project which is one of several competing for a single multi-million pound grant from the Big Lottery Fund's 'Living Landmarks: The People's Millions' competition. The winner will be decided by public TV vote later this year. Cardiff Council leader Rodney Berman said: 'We are committed to delivering the best transport solutions for the Bay and have been progressing ways of making the bridge link between Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan a reality. Progress has been made recently, and we will hear within the next 10 days whether we are on the final Connect2 shortlist.' Cardiff Council has been working with Sustrans to identify funding to pay for the £3.5M bridge and this week an agreement was reached which could see national grants used to deliver the bridge.The rest of the money will come from Cardiff Council, money from developers' section 106 agreements, and assistance from the Vale of Glamorgan.The Harbour Authority has already carried out a feasibility study, and allocated land on both sides of the river for a bridge. It is putting together a business case for the Welsh Assembly Government to get money for a site investigation - boring holes into the river - and progressing the design.The bridge will span 140m across the River Ely and must be able to open to accommodate river traffic.

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