First steel in place on site at new landmark canal bridge

The first delivery of steel work has now been fitted on site at the new £12 million active travel bridge over the Forth & Clyde Canal in northwest Glasgow.

The bridge will link the communities of Maryhill, Gilshochill and Ruchill in the city for the first time since the waterway opened in 1790.

An important piece of national infrastructure, the bridge will also will also provide the last link in the canal towpath providing a continuous active travel route from Bowling in the west to Leith in the east.

The three metre high three arm steel foundation structure will support the two bridge decks on the north bank of the canal.

As part of the project, which is being delivered by Scottish Canals with funding from Sustrans and the Glasgow City Council Vacant Derelict Land Fund, new green spaces will be created with art installations for the public to enjoy. Continuing a joint approach to this project the design team are working closely with the local community to develop the plans for these spaces.

"This is a significant landmark in the progress of this project that continues to be on schedule which is great news. With the majority of the ground preparation works complete, local people will really start to see the bridge take shape now.

"When complete this will be an iconic structure helping to attract people into the area while encouraging even more people to use the canal as a means of getting around the city and beyond."

Scottish Canals' Project Manager, Alasdair Hamilton

The bridge itself will be of a curved design with a viewing platform. The main foundation pile will be on the east bank at Ruchill sweeping west to Gilshochill and south to Maryhill.

The new link will open in summer 2022.

 

Notes to Editors

For further information, please contact:

Scott Lamond at Scottish Canals on 07976524446 or email Scott.Lamond@scottishcanals.co.uk

Craig Cowbrough at Cowbrough Communications on 07887833099 or email craig@cowbrough.co.uk

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About Scottish Canals

  • Scottish Canals is responsible to the Scottish Government for the management and development of five Scottish canals as well as the surrounding estate and The Falkirk Wheel. See www.scottishcanals.co.uk or follow @ScottishCanals for more information
  • The Forth & Clyde, Union and Monkland canals in the Lowlands, the Crinan Canal in Argyll and the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands, together extend over 137 miles from coast to coast, across country and into the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness
  • Built two hundred years ago to fire the Industrial Revolution, today the canals contribute to the Scottish Government agenda of developing a Greener; Healthier; Smarter; Safer and Stronger; and Wealthier and Fairer Scotland by acting as a catalyst for sustainable economic development, regeneration and tourism; contributing to education, biodiversity, heritage and promoting active living and healthier lifestyles
  • Today Scottish Canals is utilising these 18th century assets along with innovative technology to tackle modern problems. Through working with partners to create pioneering systems, Scottish Canals is helping to combat flooding and driving positive transformation in some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged areas
  • The Forth & Clyde, Union, Monkland, Caledonian and Crinan canals are recognised as Scheduled Monuments and attract 22million visits per year. See www.scottishcanals.co.uk for more information

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