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Medway’s newest bridge has royal connection

Date: 03/05/2011           Category: Tourism

A new footbridge connecting Fort Amherst, Chatham to the Great Lines has been named Prince William’s Bridge.

As part of Medway’s Royal Wedding celebrations, the Fort was honoured to fire one of only two 21 gun salutes in the country to mark the historic event on Friday, 29 April, watched by hundreds of visitors.

The gun salute also marked the permanent opening to the public, free of charge, of Fort Amherst’s parkland. The Great Lines Heritage Park also now boasts an extra four hectares of parkland at Fort Amherst for residents and tourists to explore.

This is the final phase in a series of works at the Great Lines Heritage Park funded by central government and the European Union. Other work has included four kilometres of new pathway, a brand new entrance to the park from Brompton Road (opposite Medway Park) and a low-energy effect lighting scheme for the Fort and Memorial.

Chatham World Heritage Manager Joanne Cable said: “The new Prince William’s Bridge is a tremendous asset for Fort Amherst, the Great Lines Heritage Park, the potential World Heritage Site, and all of Medway. We look forward to many residents and visitors being able to explore the Fort and learn about its important role in protecting Chatham Dockyard from land attack”.

Pam Wood, Vice Chair of the Friends of Great Lines Heritage Park added: “The views from the top of the Fort give you a real feel of the military past of the area, while looking out at the new developments at Rochester riverside gives an insight into the changing face of Medway. The area that we are now so proud of has at last started to come together and be indeed World Class."

The parkland at Fort Amherst is open free of charge everyday except Christmas day. Opening times are from 6.15am to 7.45pm in summer and 6.15am to 3.45pm in winter. Charges apply for entry to the tunnels.

To keep up to date with the latest Great Lines Heritage Park and World Heritage Site news, join the Chatham World Heritage Partnership on 01634 331176 or at www.chathamworldheritage.co.uk.