Green light for new £33m bridge over the River Clyde

07 Apr 2007

Evening Times, by Vivienne Nicoll

A new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Clyde has been given the go-ahead - at around half the original £60million cost.

Last year Glasgow councillors scrapped plans for a dramatic new river crossing when the cost soared by £20m.

Designers were told to go back to the drawing board and come up with a simple design that would be cheaper to build.

Planners have now agreed to go ahead with an "elongated S shape" bridge costing £3.65m.

That takes the total cost of the scheme, which includes reinforcing the quay walls, providing access roads, drainage and ground works to no more than £33m.

The bridge will link the International Financial Services District with Tradeston.

Development and regeneration director Steve Inch said in a report the bridge would help the continuing rebirth of the waterfront area.

And linking the north and south banks of the river is considered "crucial" to the planned regeneration of Tradeston.

The bridge, which has not yet been officially named, has been dubbed the "squiggly bridge" because of its unusual design, just as the Clyde Arc further down river near the SECC was nicknames the "squinty bridge".

Councillors were told pedestrians and cyclists would not be separated on the new structure because it would be about 23ft wide - enough to cope with both.

Council leader Steven Purcell said: "This bridge is vital to the continuing regeneration of the Clyde.

"Having more links across the river helps to unlock more development and regeneration.

"New bridges also allows communities to mix north and south of the river and makes it easier to attract more bars, restaurants and leisure facilities."

He was backed by planning convener George Redmond, who said it would have a particular impact on the regeneration of Tradeston.

Mr Redmond said: "A number of developments in Tradeston have been agreed and a number are under discussion"

 

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  • Artist's impression supplied by Glasgow City Council

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