Anderston's Bridge to Nowhere

  • Bridge to Nowhere in Anderston
  • Cyclist on the completed bridge
  • The bridge spans the M8 motorway

Lead Partner: Glasgow City Council

Other Partners: Sustrans Connect2 Big Lottery Fund Raynesway Construction SPT

Project History
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  • Bridge to Nowhere in Anderston
  • The east side of the bridge
  • The original end to the bridge
  • The bridge to nowhere
  • The bridge will span the M8 motorway
  • The bridge will join Glasgow's west end with its city centre
  • The west side of the bridge
  • The new bridge is now complete
  • New new bridge spans the M8 linking Finnieston with Anderston
  • Jogger on the new bridge at Anderston


Glasgow City Centre, Finnieston


One of Glasgow's most notorious landmarks is set to be completed, 40 years after construction began.

The 'Bridge to Nowhere' is a pedestrian link over the M8 motorway at Anderston, but it was never finished in the 1970's and ended about 40ft in the air behind the Hilton Hotel.

The project with Glasgow City Council, the charity Sustrans and Raynesway Construction has completed the link from Kelvingrove Park to the city centre.  This will enable people from Anderston to travel by foot into the city centre, and use the wider network of paths which link to it.

The bridge will be renamed, although the new name and a method for deciding it, is yet to be revealed by the Council.

The project is part of wider plans to improve cycling across the city, with new cycle routes being planned to link Glasgow Green with a number of key destinations in the east end of the city, including Commonwealth Games venues.  A new on-road segregated two-way cycle way was opened in the east end of Glasgow in October 2012.

As part of the project there will also be a new 'portrait bench' allowing people to sit alongside steel representations of naturalist and hillwalker Tom Weir, trade union activist Jimmy Reid and inventor James Watt, who harnessed steam technology.

Glasgow City Council are hopeful that the bridge will help to boost Glasgow's cycling culture, city councillor Archie Graham said "We hope the new route will prove pivotal in transforming cycling in Glasgow and form a lasting legacy following the Commonwealth Games in 2014. The National Cycle Route already runs from Kelvingrove Park to Anderston and this final link will be the jewel in the crown."

Current status:

The Anderson Footbridge was completed in summer 2013.


Autumn 2012 - July 2013