The bridge is intended to make travelling between Oldham and Tameside easier for cyclists and pedestrians. The proposed 140m long structure would run across the Medlock Valley in Park Bridge on the Oldham/Ashton boundary. It would be more than 30m above the ground at its highest point.

It would provide new southern access point to the Northern Roots site – the UK’s largest urban farm and country park - and improve connections between Oldham and the rest of Greater Manchester.

A preferred option has now been chosen from an initial five designs. The steel girder bridge would be built of weathering steel, for an industrial look that is felt to be fitting with the area.

proposed Medlock Valley bridge

Residents can still comment on the other designs before a final choice is put forward for the planning stage.

Councillor Arooj Shah, leader of Oldham Council, said: “Our engineers have come up with some pretty eye-catching designs for this project, which would be great for cycling and also provide great views of the area and give excellent access to our Northern Roots site.”