Delayed £7.5m bridge for Hull's Old Town will finally swing into action
A £7.5 million footbridge over the River Hull is set to open a year later than originally planned.
Uncertainty over public spending cuts is being blamed for the delay.
The ambitious project was initially spearheaded by city economy company Hull Forward with funding coming from regional development agency Yorkshire Forward.
But Hull Forward was wound up last September and Yorkshire Forward faces a similar fate next April.
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After Hull Forward's demise, responsibility for the project was transferred to Hull City Council.
Destined to connect the Old Town with the east bank of the River Hull, the bridge project's budget has seen £400,000 frozen this year because of funding cuts at Yorkshire Forward.
Now it has been confirmed work to construct the swing bridge is scheduled to be completed in August this year.
Initially, the bridge had been expected to open to pedestrians and cyclists late last year.
Councillor Rick Welton, portfolio holder for regeneration, said: "Budget reviews for both Hull City Council and Yorkshire Forward in the light of the public sector finance situation have delayed the process."
The footbridge was originally meant to provide a link to a new £100 million residential and office scheme on the east bank, close to Myton Bridge.
However, the development fell victim to the recession and only a hotel and a multi-storey car park were completed.
The bridge has been billed as a potential tourist attraction in its own right.
It has been designed to work like a giant pinball table flipper, with areas for people to stand on it as it moves to open for passing river traffic.
The design also includes space for a small café on the main structure.