A bridge designed to encourage friendship

The Peace Bridge is a cycle and foot bridge built across the River Foyle. It was officially opened on 25th June 2011 and connects the old army Barracks in Ebrington to the city centre. It is the newest of three bridges in Derry, the others being Craigavon Bridge and Foyle Bridge. It was opened to the public by EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness. The Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny was also present. It was intended to bring the largely unionist east side of -Derry closer to the largely nationalist west side. The 235-metre bridge was designed by Wilkinson Eyre, who also designed the Gateshead Millennium Bridge at a cost of £14 million. The River Foyle is one of the best salmon rivers in Ireland and is also the fastest flowing river in Europe for its size. This makes construction of bridges extremely challenging.

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