Stockingfield Bridge is an ambitious £13.7 million project to reconnect three communities in north Glasgow and complete the last linkage in the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath.
Update 21st June 2022
Scottish Canals has completed a £200,000 towpath upgrade to the sections leading up to the new Stockingfield Bridge in northwest Glasgow.
Works on the multiple sections leading up to the bridge have been resurfaced including the removal of historic cobbles considered hazardous by towpath users, particularly cyclists.
The bridge links the communities of Maryhill, Gilshochill and Ruchill in North Glasgow for the first time since the waterway opened in 1790. An important piece of national infrastructure, the bridge also provides the last link in the canal towpath providing a continuous active travel route along the whole course of the canal from Bowling on the Clyde to Edinburgh in the east via the Union Canal.
Scottish Canals Project Manager, Alasdair Hamilton said:
‘These sections of the towpath are well used by walkers, joggers and cyclists and we are sure they will all notice a vast improvement in the surface.
‘These sections are likely to have an increased footfall once the bridge open so it was important that we give users a consistent, more accessible, and enjoyable experience of the canal walkway.’
Approximately 1.2 km of pathway has been resurfaced in the approaches to the bridge.
Update 11th March 2022
As part of continued works, resurfacing of the towpath will begin on 18th March 2022 until 11th April 2022. The towpath will remain open for the works and users will be managed through the site.
Update 21st February 2022
The construction phase of a new £13.7m landmark active travel bridge across the Forth & Clyde Canal has now concluded and is on track to open in September, completing Scotland’s National Walking and Cycling Network through the Lowland Canals.
Funding has been allocated to support groundwork initiatives along the towpath, including a new recreational space and the delivery of 8 community artwork installations which celebrate the proud industrial history of the area.
All of the artworks have a local link along with community participation. They range from sculptures commemorating the area’s industrial background to ceramic mosaics created by the community and metalwork honouring the role of disabled people in North Glasgow.
Update 25th November 2021
We are pleased to confirm that we have made tremendous progress on the £12.8m active travel bridge in North Glasgow and we are delighted that the project is on schedule to be fully constructed by January 2022, with further groundworks and public art installations taking place until the opening in September 2022.
This national infrastructure project, which will complete the last link of the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath, will connect the communities of Ruchill, Maryhill and Gilshochill for the first time since the canal was opened in 1790. The project will open the area to people walking, wheeling and cycling like never before, allowing locals and passers by the chance to embrace quality green and blue space along an uninterrupted active travel route.
Update 1st November 2021
Due to construction work the Forth & Clyde Canal will be closed to navigation at Stockingfield junction from November 1 until March 31st 2022.
Update 18th August 2021
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.
Update Friday 11th March 2021
As part of the works on Stockingfield Junction, Scottish Canals and Balfour Beatty have commissioned artist, Nichol Wheatley to run an art outreach programme within the local community.
The outreach programme aims to gather ideas from locals of what art should be included on the project. As part of this programme we have launched a survey which you can contribute by completing the questionnaire here or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 26th of March.
Update 20th January 2021
Following the Christmas break and the resumption of work on site the Towpath has closed as of the 4th of January 2021.
The completion of sheet piling which was causing some noise locally has now completed as a result, Balfour Beatty will now be returning to a normal working day;
Monday to Thursday: 7.30 am – 6pm
Friday: 7.30am – 2.30pm
Update 17th December 2020
The piling works at Stockingfield Junction will pause on Friday 18th December 2020 for a festive break and will resume on Monday 4th January 2021.
We are pleased to say that this means the towpath will reopen during the Christmas construction shutdown. The towpath will be open again between Ruchill Bridge and Stockingfield junction from midday on Friday, December 18 and will close again at 8am on Monday, January 4.
Update 4th December 2020
Following the public meeting which took place on Thursday the 3rd December 2020, it has been agreed that from Monday 7th December 2020 working hours on site will start half an hour later and finish 30 minutes earlier, running from 8.30am to 5.30pm on Monday through to Thursday. On Friday site works will run from 8.30am til 2.30pm with no work taking place on site on Saturday or Sunday.
We are aware of the noise caused by these necessary works, and are working to have this part of the project completed by January 2021.
The noisier machinery that is required to complete the piling works will be used on the 10th, 11th, 14th and 16th December 2020, and 7th January 2021.
The slightly quieter vibration hammer will be used on the 7th-9th and 15th December 2020, and 4th-6th, 8th and 11th January 2021.
As this is a major project, it is possible that we encounter complications which may require these dates to change. Updates to the dates of these works will be shared with local residents and via our online channels.
Below is a video from Ally Johnston, Project Manager at Balfour Beatty, who has provided an update on the ongoing piling works.
Update – 9th November 2020
As works are ongoing at Stockingfield, we have created a FAQ to answer a range of questions about the project. You can read these here.
Update – 20th October 2020
As works progress on Stockingfield Bridge, it will be necessary to temporarily close sections of the Forth & Clyde and Glasgow Branch canal towpaths.
These will be closed at Stockingfield Junction from November 2020 to approximately July 2022. Active travel diversion routes will be highlighted before the closure. The canal itself will also be closed to all traffic at the junction from November 1 to March 2021.
A larger version of the diversion map can be seen in PDF version here: DIVERSION MAP v7OCT17
A short video update can be seen below:
Update – 11th September 2020
Sky will be undertaking third party works which will involve closing the towpath at Lochburn Road from Monday 14th September for approximately four weeks. More information on the works and diversion route can be found here.
Further towpath closures will be in place from November.
Update – 23th July 2020
The development of the Stockingfield foot and cycle bridge will represent a significant active travel improvement on the Forth & Clyde Canal.
It will provide an important new linkage between the communities of Ruchill, Gilshochill and Maryhill improving access between these communities and also open up routes to the leisure and employment opportunities in the west end and city centre.
The bridge itself will be of a curved design with a viewing platform. The main foundation pile will be on the east bank at Ruchil sweeping north to Gilshochill and south to Maryhill. CGI images of the bridge design can be seen below.
The new crossing will allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross the canal at towpath level rather than having to exit the towpath to use a potentially dangerous road tunnel, before rejoining the canal towpath again.
Scottish Canals expect that the increased access to the green and blue spaces of the canal in North Glasgow will boost recreational activity in the area. Further landscaping and the artistic style of the bridge will create a prominent structure in the area which will provide increased access for walkers, runners and cyclists.
During construction work there will be some disruption for towpath and canal users and we will keep the public up to date when we have details of what this disruption will look like.
Site preparation is now underway and construction work is expected to start in late August 2020 with a completion date of September 2022.