Stockingfield Bridge FAQ’s

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.

Specifically

  • 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.

 

Will this project provide job opportunities locally?

Stockingfield Bridge will open up more opportunities for people to easily access job opportunities available in the west end, the city centre and further afield. The main contractor on site Balfour Beatty is running work experience sessions to encourage local pupils to consider a career in construction. There will also be employability and training workshops with Glasgow City Council employability service, and Open Gates a local social enterprise.

 

I can hear noise will this continue until 2022?

The biggest cause of noise is from the sheet piling and this will be completed in in January 2021. Sheet piling is essential work to hammer in the canalside reinforcements necessary to support the weight of the bridge. Noise will be significantly lower after that.

 

What improvements will be made to Lochburn Road?

Temporary traffic lights are in place at the aqueduct to improve pedestrian road safety.

 

Will there be extra support provided to keep the area tidy due to the increased number of visitors to the site?

Yes, we are actively looking to engage a team of volunteers who will help look after the area, in addition Stockingfield Bridge will become part of our on-going routine maintenance programme.

 

Will Scottish Canals engage with the local creative community?

Yes, we are keen to engage with the local artistic community and will be setting up a task group early 2021 to focus on this. If you would like to be part of these discussions please contact

 

Are there diversion signs in place?

Yes, there are diversion signs in place where the towpath is closed and directional signs at all key junctions. It is lengthy diversion, this was necessary to avoid busy roads and has been fully agreed with our active travel partners Sustrans.