Liverpool’s historic Grade II-listed bridge in the docklands region has been lit up as part of the city council’s £52m road improvement project.

The Bascule Bridge on Regent Road, crosses the historic Stanley Dock system, which now features a new lighting system fitted to show off its unique engineering and architectural features with an array of colours.

Built in 1932, the bridge lies within the city’s World Heritage Site, is one of just a handful in England and after a revamp in 2012 has gained fame for featuring in major Hollywood blockbusters such as Captain America and Sherlock Holmes.

You can get great views of the bridge lit up from Liverpool’s impressive Titanic hotel, just a stones throw away.

Liverpool City Council funded the project, with support from Peel Land and Property as the bridge lies adjacent to its £5bn Liverpool Waters site which includes the council’s new Cruise Liner Terminal and Bramley Moore Dock – the location for Everton FC’s proposed new football stadium.

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Cllr Joe Hanson, whose Kirkdale ward covers the area, championed the illumination of the bridge as one of the first environmental schemes to boost the recently created Ten Streets district.

“The Bascule Bridge at Stanley Dock is one of the jewels of Liverpool’s dock system and this new lighting scheme will make it truly shine as one of our great historical assets,” he said.

Ian Pollitt, assistant project director, Liverpool Waters, added: “The new lighting system is really going to allow the people of Liverpool and visitors to the city to see the bridge in a new light.”

Contractors for the council, Geoffrey Osborne, is currently completing the first phase of improvements to Regent Road with the laying of new pavements and road resurfacing and new footpaths. The second phase which goes north of Bascule Bridge is scheduled to complete in summer 2019.

These infrastructure works will be complemented by the creation of a further two new waterfront link roads, at the cost of £20m, at the city centre end of the A565, which are being built to support both the new cruise terminal and new £30m Isle Of Man Cruise terminal.