Sighthill steel street reconnects north Glasgow to the city centre
March 13 2023
An eye-catching active travel crossing over the M8 will soon open to the public, reconnecting Sighthill to the city centre after being severed by the motorway.
Built by BAM Construction the Sighthill Bridge will be open to both cyclists and pedestrians as part of an expanding active travel network across North Glasgow.
Serving a new residential district the hefty 1,000-tonne Cor-ten steel crossing stretches 74.24m over the road below and is a generous 7.5m wide at its narrowest point when including a 1.25m landscaped strip on either side.
Karen McGregor, Scotland director at Sustrans, said: “This new link is an important achievement for Sighthill, allowing many more people in the area to leave the car at home when making their everyday journeys. The new bridge not only provides a safe and accessible walking, wheeling, and cycling link across the M8 corridor, it also connects Sighthill residents with National Cycle Network Route 754 along the Forth & Clyde Canal as well as amenities and wider active travel links in Glasgow city centre.”
Extensive greenery will bed the bridge into its surroundings with 800 trees and 10,000 plants softening a 210m approach ramp above the traffic-choked canyon below.
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