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Sighthill steel street reconnects north Glasgow to the city centre

March 13 2023

Sighthill steel street reconnects north Glasgow to the city centre

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.  


#1 Posted by OssianLore on 13 Mar 2023 at 15:41 PM
Trying to find information on when any of this Transformational Regeneration Area (Scottish Urbanism in Disguise) will open exactly is more difficult than trying to find a "street" name when having a 15 minute traipse aboot Cumbernauld...

Has @UR been let in on any dates?
Fat Bloke on Tour
#2 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 13 Mar 2023 at 16:03 PM
There is no re-connection of Sighthill to the city centre -- there was already a bridge in place and that was removed.

So now we have spent a lot of money to get a fancier bridge.

Funny how in times of ongoing austerity well connected -- no pun intended -- hobby horders still seem to find a way.
#3 Posted by Roddy_ on 13 Mar 2023 at 17:30 PM
Looking at the design and design drawings it does not appear to be particularly wheelchair/mobility impaired/ elderly friendly. The southern approach has a circuitous ramped route which I assume is meant for all mobility levels, but there appears to be few stopping-points with flat resting areas along the route. In addition, this curved route does not appear to have any kind of handrail and once you get to the top of the ramp and onto the bridge proper, there is no access to a handrail due to the planting buffers on either side. The north side does not look particularly user friendly either.
Looking at the Design and Access statements all of which can be accessed via the City Council Planning Portal,
there is little or no mention of wheelchair users or the mobility impaired, and one wonders whether an audit for disabled users has been undertaken or if user groups have been properly consulted. Given that this project is one of the flagship regeneration projects in the city, I think it is important to scrutinise the supposed main access to this new neighbourhood and the idea that safe and ready access for all is a priority. Perhaps I am mistaken, and the project sponsors have adequate answers to these queries, but I still think these questions are worth asking.
I think that given the considerable change in level between Townhead and Sighthill the obvious solution for accessibility would have been the installation of lifts – there are many precedents throughout Europe- but for whatever reason this has been rejected as a design solution most likely due to cost and maintenance. During the original consultations on Sighthill – 5 or 6 years ago many of us suggested that a ramped solution was sub-optimal, but we didn’t expect that there would be so few handrails in evidence in the final design.
I do not know who at the City Council is responsible for scrutiny of the bridge, but perhaps someone from Neighbourhoods Regeneration and Sustainability or Sustrans could comment.
#4 Posted by FHM on 14 Mar 2023 at 07:01 AM
I wonder who is quicker; The Tories U-Turning after yet another disastrous policy distracted the public or FBOT posting negatively on an Urban Realm article?
#5 Posted by Peter on 14 Mar 2023 at 09:55 AM
Blue illumination at night looks creepy combined with corten brown. At least that'll keep junkies away, if that was the idea.
Steve Jobs
#6 Posted by Steve Jobs on 14 Mar 2023 at 10:13 AM
I actually think this looks great and will be well used. Yes there was a bridge there before but it was absolutely knackered.
Benny Smith
#7 Posted by Benny Smith on 14 Mar 2023 at 13:18 PM
Agree with Steve. It looks like decent quality and different. Look forward to using it.
Fat Bloke on Tour
#8 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 14 Mar 2023 at 16:03 PM
I think the answer to the accessibility issues is in the name -- Sighthill.

While they are it could the middle class welfare of Sustrans take a look at Montrose Street?

Bit of a climb / drag / detour to get to Cathedral Street from Ingram Street.
#9 Posted by Cateran on 16 Mar 2023 at 23:34 PM
Fantastic looking bridge from the motorway although the design easily distracts your vision. Could have turned out just like all the others but the Cor-ten looks superb.
Paul Rimmer
#10 Posted by Paul Rimmer on 24 Mar 2023 at 14:37 PM
I'd like to know what is being done about cycle access on the south side. At the moment, you can approach the bridge from the quiet, one-way road, North Wallace Street, and cross Baird Street at the crossing to get to the ramp on to the bridge. However, if coming in the opposite direction and because of the one-way road, there is no option but to go on to the busy (A804) Baird Street. In my view, North Wallace Street needs to be two-way for cyclists.
#11 Posted by DJ on 24 Mar 2023 at 14:53 PM
@10, I think the eventual solution is the North Hanover St Avenue.

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