Cape Town Executive Mayor, Dan Plato, has officially opened the new upgraded R20m swing bridge at the V&A Waterfront.

The upgraded swing bridge replaces the previous pedestrian walkway that connected the Pierhead and the Clock Tower Precincts.

The new bridge is still 42 metres long but has doubled in width to four metres, with a raised central beam to encourage a separation in the direction of foot traffic. The bridge can be swung to allow ships free passage on their journey to the sea.

The V&A Waterfront is one of the most-visited destinations in Africa, attracting 24 million visitors every year. Since January, nearly 900 000 people had used the previous bridge.

The original swing bridge was designed and constructed in 1997, but an increase in visitor numbers over the years has led to the need for a bridge that is able to accommodate more foot traffic.

“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. 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,” said Executive Mayor Dan Plato.