Construction begins on new £12m canal bridge in Glasgow

WCN Editorial Team 21 Oct 2020 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Scottish Canals, the public corporation of the Scottish Government, has announced the start of construction on the new £12m travel bridge over the North & Clyde Canal in northwest Glasgow.

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

The project, being delivered by Scottish Canals, has been funded by Sustrans and the Glasgow City Council Vacant Derelict Land Fund. It will also deliver a new public recreational space on a site, which is currently vacant.

Scottish Canals chief executive Catherine Topley said: “The future successful development of the communities of Maryhill, Ruchill and Gilshochill is dependent on access to services, facilities and employment, this new bridge will help open up access to all of these while significantly improving active travel options along the canal.

“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.”

The bridge 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.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “It’s great to see work commencing on an exciting new bridge for the Forth and Clyde Canal at Stockingfield Junction.

“Funded by the Scottish Government through the Sustrans Places for Everyone programme, this new bridge will offer people living and visiting North Glasgow better walking, wheeling and cycling connectivity than before.

The new travel bridge is expected to open in summer of 2022.

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An artist’s impression of travel bridge over the North & Clyde Canal in northwest Glasgow. (Credit: Scottish Canals)

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