Partick/Govan footbridge swings into action with finalised design
February 7 2020
Glasgow City Council has published finalised designs for a pedestrian footbridge connecting Govan to Partick between Water Row and Pointhouse Quay.
Providing a direct cross river link for the first time since ferry services were suspended in the 1960s the crossing has been designed to operate in strong winds while permitting the passage of river vessels.
Designed by Jacobs the cable-stayed swing bridge will stretch 115m between both banks with a rotating central span of 68m, said to make it one of the largest such structures in Europe. Dominated by a 28.5m support tower the generous 8m wide deck will permit use by both cyclists and pedestrians.
In a statement the council wrote: “Headroom of nearly 5 metres above high-water will allow smaller vessels to pass under the bridge when closed. The bridge will take a few minutes to move to the open position - when open the bridge will provide a navigational channel of 50 metres maintaining access for larger vessels including the Waverley.”
Centrepiece of a planned active travel route linking the riverfront to the University of Glasgow a formal planning application is expected later this year with completion expected by 2022.
Anyone interested in finding out more is invited to attend drop-in sessions at the Riverside Museum and Govan Cross Shopping Centre on 11 February between 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00 respectively.