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Half-finished Glasgow footbridge opens 40 years late

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July 8 2013

Half-finished Glasgow footbridge opens 40 years late
An unfinished pedestrian footbridge across the M8 motorway in Glasgow city centre has finally opened to pedestrians and cyclists 40 years after it was first built.

Officially unveiled today the completed span forms a key link in a new cycle network connecting the west end to the city centre following refurbishment work undertaken by sustainable transport charity Sustrans thanks to Lottery funding.

Known locally as the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ it has now been branded ‘The Bridge to Everywhere’ and will allow movement across the traffic choked artery.

Transport minister Keith Brown said: “After more than forty years as the Bridge to Nowhere, it is brilliant news that this infamous landmark has finally been completed and will serve as a vital link in Glasgow’s network of walking and cycling routes. Importantly, it also provides a safe route for the community of Anderston to access the city centre and it will form part of the legacy from the Commonwealth Games.

“Road safety considerations are a barrier for many people who might be considering cycling for everyday travel however this new route will help remove that barrier and I hope to see cycling increase in this part of Glasgow in the coming months.”
Commuters travelling under their own steam can now rise above the choking exhaust fumes of the M8
Commuters travelling under their own steam can now rise above the choking exhaust fumes of the M8
Cyclists will share the new bridge with pedestrians
Cyclists will share the new bridge with pedestrians

The lofty route offers a good vantage point for the demolition of this Shaftesbury Street tower block
The lofty route offers a good vantage point for the demolition of this Shaftesbury Street tower block
The new route was noticeably under-used during the morning rush
The new route was noticeably under-used during the morning rush

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