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Olympic bridge ‘engineering challenge’ complete

September 17th, 2010

A new bridge in Stratford that is set to improve transport links for the 2012 Olympic Games has been officially opened.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) unveiled the structure at Angel Lane on the 13th September.

Simon Wright, director of infrastructure and utilities at the ODA, said: “The construction of the new bridge was a huge engineering challenge carried out in a constrained railway environment, so to deliver these works on time is a significant milestone.”

The structure will improve transport links for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists, as well as benefit local residents long after the Games, he continued.

It offers two pedestrian paths and a cycle lane, replacing an old bridge with weight restrictions constructed in the Victorian era.

After being demolished, the previous structure’s remains were taken to a recycle yard.

The London Organising Committee was recently granted planning permission to build temporary facilities at Lord’s Cricket Ground in order to stage the Olympic Archery event at the venue.

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