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Work to remove River Tyne bollards completed

Work to remove River Tyne bollards completed
The last of the security bollards that were underneath the Millennium Bridge in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, has been removed.

It comes after months of work to take out the barriers, which many residents and town planners had criticised as they did not represent the original request of architect Jim Eyre's when he designed the structure.

The bollards were installed to ensure that vessels did not crash into the "winking eye" bridge, which has linked Gateshead to Newcastle upon Tyne since 2000, but they have been described as an "eyesore" by residents of the north-east city.

Gateshead Council leader Mick Henry championed the removal of the bollards and described it as a "population decision".

Mr Henry said: "Today will be the first time that anyone will have seen the Gateshead Millennium Bridge as its designer originally intended. Visitors have frequently commented on the way the bollards and booms under the bridge detract from its appearance."

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Date: 19/03/2012 16:31:57

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