M8 closure heralds a new phase in Sighthill regeneration
July 22 2020
Glasgow's M8 motorway will be brought to a standstill on 1 August for 12 hours to allow demolition of a deteriorating footbridge north of Glasgow city centre.
The nighttime operation will take place between the hours of 22:00 and 10:00 to sever the link, which facilitates pedestrian access from Sighthill to the city centre.
The road closure will allow BAM Nuttallto position a 1,000-tonne crane on the motorway below to remove the bridge in two sections, with concrete transported off-site using HGV's.
Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Glasgow City Region Cabinet, said: “This section of the M8 is one of the busiest routes on the city’s road network, so this work has been meticulously planned to keep the impact on traffic to an absolute minimum.
“The demolition is the first step in a fantastic project to deliver a stunning new pedestrian and cycle route over the M8, connecting Sighthill and neighbouring communities to the city centre. We hope that regular travellers on this route will enjoy seeing the improvements emerging as the works are continued.”
Part of a broader regeneration initiative the works will allow a new Jacobs designed 'sustainable transport corridor' which will be built through summer 2021.
The desire for newbuilding is shocking when compared to what could have been done at the half the cost with rebuilding and renovation. Doubly so when you look at the surrounding areas that will get nothing.
Cathedrals in a desert would be the 70's way of looking at this form of regeneration -- it will probably win some awards and then regress to a more energy efficient Easterhouse.
What use is there in building new stuff if we are not going to properly look after what we have already got / pick up the litter?
I thought it was some new Italian company.
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