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Leeds Bridge Displays Colors for a Cause

Friday, March 3, 2017

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A railway bridge in Leeds has been repainted with a rainbow of colors in a show of support for the city’s LGBT community.

Now dubbed the “Leeds Freedom Bridge,” the structure in Lower Briggate, which carries passengers traveling north from Leeds, also underwent a few engineering upgrades as part of the United Kingdom’s Railway Upgrade Plan.

Neil Henry, area director for Network Rail, said, “Work at the bridge on Lower Briggate, which carries a huge number of vital passenger services to the north of Leeds, is essential to keep rail services reliable and forms part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. We’re delighted that our stakeholders want the bridge to become an iconic one for the city and were more than happy to work with them on the new color scheme.”

The collaboration with Network Rail included Leeds City Council and LGBT campaigner Thomas Wales, who pitched the idea several years ago. After enough money was raised by council and activist groups, paired with approval to roll the pain in with the other upgrades, work started last fall and was complete just before Valentine’s Day.

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Now dubbed the “Leeds Freedom Bridge,” the structure in Lower Briggate, which carries passengers traveling north from Leeds, also underwent a few engineering upgrades as part of the United Kingdom’s Railway Upgrade Plan.

Before the upgrade, Councilor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s deputy executive member for culture, said, “The plans for this bridge represent a tremendous show of support for the city’s LGB&T community. Not only will the rainbow bridge be an eye-catching addition to what is already a lively and eclectic part of Leeds, it will also make a huge statement to our many visitors that here, we embrace and celebrate diversity and the contribution it makes to ensuring Leeds is such a warm, welcoming and successful city.”

The upgrades in general were part of the Railway Upgrade Plan, which will continue to make up two-thirds of the company’s $49 billion spending priorities until 2019, according to Network Rail’s website.

   

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