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New footbridge proposed for Rochdale canal regeneration

Walkers are set to benefit from the construction of a new footbridge over Rochdale Canal in Manchester.

The project, which is part-funded by a £4.4M grant from the North West Development Agency (NWDA), will connect New Islington with Ancoats, in the east of the city.

Two sections of the canal will also be modified to allow boaters to moor in the area, and a number of footpaths linking the development to the city centre will also be built.

The scheme is part of a larger New Islington project, which will see thousands of homes, 29 retail units and a primary school built on a 12.5ha site.

“Opening up the area and connecting it to Ancoats and the Metrolink station at Pollard Street, through pathways and bridges, gives us the opportunity to attract more private sector investment through high quality commercial and residential schemes,” said New East Manchester Eddie Smith chief executive.

NWDA executive director of land and property Paul Lakin added: “New Islington is a major regeneration scheme but was at risk of delay due to current market conditions.

“Our aim is to bring new life, activity and revenue into the area. These works will achieve that, and will boost private sector confidence so that once the market improves, New Islington will see the immediate effects.”

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