How much is the Stockingfield Bridge project costing?
The bridge itself is £12 million with a further £4 million on associated landscape works
Who is paying for it?
The project is being funded mainly by Sustrans with some additional funding from Glasgow City Council. The project is being delivered by Scottish Canals.
What will the bridge achieve?
Stockingfield Bridge will reconnect the communities of Ruchill, Gilshochill and Maryhill. It will also complete the last link in the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath, bringing a major active travel improvement. As well as opening up a new access route for people living in these communities to the west end and city centre, the new bridge will allow walkers and cyclists to cross the canal at towpath level rather than having to drop off and negotiate the road tunnel at Lochburn Road before rejoining the path again.
The increased access to the canal and the design of the bridge structure with an integrated observation deck and landscaping on this currently underused site will encourage greater use of the canal.
How long has it been in the planning system?
This project has been several years in the planning with extensive local consultation over what shape it would take during this time. Four public workshops were held in 2018 as part of the preplanning application process.
When will it be complete?
The project will be completed in Autumn 2022.
What considerations were given to environmental impact of the project?
We took on board local feedback about the environmental impact and as part of the planning process carried out a full tree survey and an ecology survey.
You can view full details of the all documents relating to the project, including these specifically around tree removal and replanting, on Glasgow City Council’s planning pages on this link.
We will be reinstating trees and shrubs as part of the landscaping work we will be carrying out to create a new area of public space.
- Trees – 67% native, 33% non-native
- Hedges – 50% native, 50% non-native
- Shrubs – 80% native, 20% non-native
This is consistent with what we found during our ground survey.
The project will also deliver wild flower meadows, tree lined boulevards, grassland areas.
In addition we are undertaking work to remove invasive species such as Japanese knotweed and giant hogweed from a number of locations on the site.
Will there be disruption?
As with all major infrastructure projects there will be a period of disruption the canal tow path will be closed from November 16 until summer 2022. We have organised diversion which is well publicised.
The actual canal will also be closed to marine traffic from November to mid March 2021
It’s very noisy locally are you within the noise limits?
The early stages of the ground work require pile driving to reinforce the canal banks, this will go on until January 2021. Unfortunately it is noisy but is within the required environmental health guidelines with noise levels checked regularly.