THE new bridge linking St Helens town centre with the Saints stadium has been named.
The footbridge will be called Saints Way and construction of the bridge on the south side of the Linkway East is now almost complete.
It runs the full length of the road from the pedestrian crossing opposite KFC, to join a similar recently built footway on St Helens Linkway.
All of this, including the new roundabout on the Linkway, are part of the access works for the new Saints Stadium, named Langtree Park.
Organised and funded by St Helens Council, the bridge is the last piece in the infrastructure jigsaw.
The council have been key partners in the Stadium development working closely with developers Langtree and Saints.
As well as contributing to the works to make the site suitable for development, the council has funded the new bridge and commissioned the Keiron Cunningham statue which now sits proudly at the stadium entrance.
Council leader Marie Rimmer said: “After more than a decade in the planning I can’t explain how proud and delighted I am to see the Stadium in all its glory.
“The bridge is an apt eye catching addition for the Langtree Park site. It really is in a league of its own.
“I’m sure it will also add to our campaign to attract more people into our town centre and be a real boost for our retailers.”
The result of the bespoke design is a slender twin arch 54.6m long crossing with the bridge deck suspended by 24 holding straps.
More than 2,000 tonnes of excavated material has been reused for the approach footpaths.
Saints are currently fitting out internal areas of the stadium, including kiosks, restaurants and turnstiles, all decorated in the club’s famous red and white livery.
Langtree appointed Barr to carry out the construction and Arcadis UK to manage the on-schedule project.