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New Bridge Now Open To Traffic

Cars have rolled across a temporary bridge linking Coventry’s Market and Barracks Multi Storey car parks for the first time today.

A steel bridge has been installed after the permanent crossing was demolished as part of the Coventry city centre redevelopment and it will be in use for the next 18 months until the Lower Precinct phase of the work is completed.

The original "Bedrock" bridge was taken down last month and motorists have had to follow temporary directions to use the 400-odd spaces above the Arcade and Retail Market.

Mark Nicholls, the City Centre Company's car parks operations manager, said the new bridge would keep the spaces in use.

"The access up and down the spiral ramp off Greyfriars Road was only ever a short term solution and without a temporary bridge we were faced with losing the spaces for over a year which was not acceptable.

"We have now set up four exits - three from the multi storey car park and via the Argos spiral - and two entrances via the multi-storey.

“All entrances and exits will be well marked and a series of directional signs installed.

"The bridge across Market Way has been fully tested for safety but we are asking pedestrians to use the nearby stairs to go from one car park to the other.

“Traffic lights will control the flow across the bridge but it is not suitable for foot traffic.

"The public have been very patient and hopefully something nearer normal service will now be resumed."

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