New ‘Kingfisher Bridge’ for Richmond cyclists
12th August 2009
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Three Richmond school children are sharing the honour of naming a new bridge for cyclists in Kneller Gardens.

Pupils Laura Findlay, Alexandra Butler and Philippa Burdiss of Trafalgar Primary School came up with the name “Kingfisher Bridge” between them. Their suggestion was chosen from among 500 other entries from other local school children, and they have been invited to the opening of the bridge, which will span the River Krane, at the end of September.

The new bridge will free up the existing bridge, making it easier and safer for pedestrians to use. This is part of a larger project to widen and create new cycle paths in the area which will start at the end of August. Only a very small section of the garden will be closed while the improvements are being made.

Cllr David Trigg, Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Traffic, Transport and Parking said: “This bridge will be a smart new addition to Kneller Gardens, and will make the area more enjoyable for cyclists to visit – at the moment they are expected to get off their bikes to cross the bridge, but when the new one is in place they can ride straight across.

“The gardens have always been popular with cyclists and the Council is pleased to be making these improvements, which will encourage more people to get on their bikes and use the cycle route to get around the borough in an environmentally friendly way.”

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