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Take it to the bridge

You have to admit, Piccadilly is looking pretty groovy these days. The station, the gardens, the bars, the shops…

Published on June 27th 2006.


Take it to the bridge

You have to admit, Piccadilly is looking pretty groovy these days. The station, the gardens, the bars, the shops… it’s virtually unrecognisable from the scabby tramp pit of ten years ago.

What was once an embarrassment, has now become an area of the city to be proud of. And rightly so too, since for many visitors to Manchester, Piccadilly is the first place they see.

Sunday 25 June saw the Piccadilly area further enhanced with an eye catching footbridge joining Piccadilly Station to Argent’s new Piccadilly Place development. The bridge, which is now in place but which won’t officially open until October, will provide commuters and visitors with a walkway from the station to the city, and will be crossed by 4.8 million people a year.

The bridge will link Piccadilly Station to Piccadilly Place, Argent's office, residential and retail development, and provide a new route to Whitworth Street , Aytoun Street and beyond.

Argent group, the company who found the pennies behind their settee to fund the bridge, are offering the honour of naming the new structure open to the good people of Manchester. That’s you.

If you have a great idea for the bridge’s name, then click here to enter the competition, which is being run on the www.piccadillymanchester.com website. The winning suggestion will be displayed on a plaque on the bridge forever, along with the name of the person who suggested it.

Jayne Robinson
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