Perth Stadium footbridge to rival Sydney Harbour Bridge

Rita Saffioti, planning minister for the Government of Western Australia, has said that a pedestrian footbridge being built to connect the new Perth Stadium with the city will be comparable to the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

When complete, the structure will span 160 metres at the centre, measuring 370 metres long and nine metres wide. In comparison, Sydney Harbour Bridge is 134 metres high, almost 50 metres wide and 503 metres long.

“It is an elaborate design, and when you look at the size of it, as I understand, it’s comparable to the Sydney Harbour Bridge in height,” Saffioti said according to the WAtoday.com.au website.

The footbridge has been the source of much controversy after it was revealed in April that the cost of the project was A$16m (€10.7m/US$12.6m/£9.5m) more than initially thought, placing the total price at around A$25m.

Although it has already been confirmed that the stadium will officially open on January 21 next year, it is not yet clear when the footbridge will be finished.

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan recently said that the bridge is on track for completion ahead of the opening game of the 2018 AFL Australian rules football season in March. However, McGowan also said that talks with the West Australian Football Commission about a deal for the stadium are “dragging on”.

The Government of Western Australia is due attend the annual TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Summit taking place in Barcelona on 28-29 November, to represent the Perth Stadium project.