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Footbridge closed as safety precaution after crowds flock to AL_A’s MAAT

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A pedestrian bridge providing access to AL_A’s newly opened MAAT in Lisbon has been closed for fear it will not support the number of visitors trying to cross it

The bridge, which is one of the main pedestrian crossings from the city, links Belem train station with the museum and crosses eight lanes of traffic and a railway line. 

The bridge is one of just a few crossing points in this area of the city and also connects the river with Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s National Coach Museum. 

The structure has now been closed for the foreseeable future forcing visitors to the museum to walk almost 1km to the next crossing. 

On the museum’s opening day (5 October), 22,000 visitors passed through its doors while more than 60,000 visitors flocked to the wider area enjoying views from the MAAT’s curving roof.

The new tile-clad art space opened last week in time for the opening of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. 

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