This Wednesday V&A Waterfront unveiled a new surprise in the form of a new swing bridge. The bridge which cost R20 million to construct was officially opened by Cape Town Mayor, Dan Plato. The new bridge was built to replace former pedestrian walkway connecting the Pierhead Precinct with the Clock Tower Precinct.
"The V&A Waterfront is one of our tourism hubs, becoming one of the central places where locals and tourists can embark on sightseeing trips, boat cruises, cultural experiences, shopping and entertainment. I am pleased to see that the V&A Waterfront management continue to invest in the space to support its growing appeal and contribute positively to the City’s economic growth and performance," Plato said.
"The V&A Waterfront is one of the first places that tourists visit and it is also popular among Capetonians, offering a world-class space and scenery."
Situated in South Africa’s oldest working harbor, the Waterfront attracts more than 23 million visitors a year. The previous bridge saw an monthly average of 200 000 people walking on it.
The previous swing bridge was designed and constructed in 1997, but a spike in traffic over the years has led to the need for a bridge which is able to accommodate more people. The new bridge remains 42 metres in length but has doubled in width to 4 meters with a raised beam down the centre to encourage a separation in the direction of foot traffic.