Close to 3000 a day cross bridge
THE first official count of foot traffic across the new Bradfield Bridge has revealed more than 2800 people used the footbridge last Thursday.
The count showed 2808 people crossed the bridge between Ipswich Riverlink Shopping Centre and Ipswich City Square from 6am to 9pm.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the number of users was a huge vote of confidence in the footbridge.
“Even I was surprised by the high number of 2808 people using the footbridge last Thursday, especially given that was the day we had a huge thunderstorm,” Cr Pisasale said.
“More interesting, this number was roughly the same in each direction – 1429 north to Riverlink shopping centre and 1379 south to Ipswich City Square.
“We found the busiest hour was at lunch time, when 477 people used the bridge.”
Cr Pisasale said the footbridge would continue to be popular and the growth of Ipswich Central would also bring more people to the heart of the city.
“The bridge offers safety with full Safe City camera coverage, all-weather protection and is only a short walk between the two shopping centres,” he said.
“The viewing platforms are also popular with locals and visitors enjoying the tremendous views downstream overlooking the River Heart Parklands.”
The much-maligned $5 million bridge finally opened on October 16 this year.
It was approved in 2004 as a condition of Riverlink shopping centre opening.
But the North Ipswich centre opened on April 5, 2007, without the bridge.