Foundations work completed on bridge connecting Glasgow districts

TWO Glasgow districts on opposite sides of the River Clyde are closer to being brought together, following the completion of ‘foundations’ work on a bridge.

A total of 95 bridge piles (each 23m in height, weighing in at four tonnes and driven 14m below the riverbed) have been installed on the south side of the river, between Govan (on the south) and Partick (to the north).

Among other things, the Partick side boasts the city’s Riverside transport museum.

Says a Glasgow City Council announcement, here: “Works began on-site in January [this year], with project completion anticipated towards the end of spring 2024.”

It is being reported elsewhere the bridge is a £30m project.

The council announcement adds: “The development project includes the construction of a new pedestrian / cycle bridge over the River Clyde between Water Row in Govan and Pointhouse Quay in Partick, a connection that will re-establish the historic link between the two areas.

“The bridge will be economically, environmentally and socially important as it will create a link between communities, visitor attractions and institutions of national economic importance, and is a key part of the active travel route between the University of Glasgow’s campus at Gilmorehill and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.”

A ferry used to operate between the two districts until it was discontinued during the 1960s, when the Clyde road tunnel was opened.

Funding is from the Glasgow City Region City Deal, a £1bn programme of infrastructure and other initiatives supported by both the UK and Scottish governments.

Picture credit: Glasgow City Council