Bringing Trade to Glasgow

In earlier times the river was very shallow in the centre of Glasgow.

A ford was removed in the mid-16th century to enable boats to reach the waterfront. During the next 300 years a quay was constructed and gradually extended to take more traffic. At first it received barges and river boats with their shallow draft. By the 1770s, as the river became more navigable, coasters and small sea-going vessels docked here.

The Broomielaw - Tradeston bridge is a new S-shaped pedestrian bridge - known as 'the squiggly bridge'. It was opened in 2009, connecting the growing International Financial Services District around the Broomielaw with Tradeston on the south bank.

Also at The Broomielaw (Back to listing)

Clyde Waterfront project information
  • Broomielaw-Tradeston bridge ('Squiggly Bridge')