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CARDIFF may get its very own Tower Bridge-style bay crossing if new plans are given the go-ahead.

A bid for pounds 2.5m of assembly funding is being made to build a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists, linking Penarth and Cardiff Bay.

The bascule bridge - which would open out to allow boats and yachts through - would run from Anchor Way in Penarth through to the sports village site in Ferry Road and also allow the completion of the Bay cycle ring.

Councillor Michael Michael, deputy leader (enterprise and transport), said: 'A bid for funding has been submitted to the National Assembly as part of the 2004-05 transport grant submission.

'Alternative sources are also being actively sought to enable the scheme to be progressed.'

The issue of a cycle link was raised in a question tabled by Rhiwbina councillor Jack Scherer, who has a business in the Bay.

He asked about the possibility of strapping on a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians on the Cogan Spur viaduct.

But Coun Michael has ruled out the idea of the viaduct link. 'The cost of providing this structure and the approach works has been estimated at pounds 2m.

'However, due to the difficulties that would still be presented to pedestrians in negotiating the Ferry Road interchange this is not the best option.'

Julian Langston of the Cardiff Cycling Campaign said the group favoured the bascule bridge over a link on to the Cogan Spur.

'There has also been talk about a chain ferry but we would be very much against that because there would be a charge involved and it would not be available at all times.

'We would like to see the bascule bridge built to complete the cycle link.'

n The most famous bascule bridge is Tower Bridge in London.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 29, 2003
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