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First look at proposed three-way “landmark” footbridge for Glasgow

New artist impressions show how communities in the north of Glasgow could be connected for the first time in two centuries with the construction of a three-way footbridge over the Forth & Clyde Canal.

Due for completion in 2021 and construction possibly starting in the autumn, subject to planning permission, the Stockingfield Bridge would create a traffic-free connection between Maryhill, Gilshochill and Ruchill.

Developers say it would become a "landmark" for the area with cyclists and walkers currently having to use the narrow pavement of a busy and unlit road tunnel under the canal in order to move between the three communities.

The ‘spire’ of the twin-span, cable-stayed suspension bridge would tower 100 feet over the waterway and is planned to be lit by a LED lighting system inspired by that of another modern monument of the canal – The Kelpies.

The project will be led by Scottish Canals with funding from Sustrans and the Glasgow City Council.

Catherine Topley, chief executive of Scottish Canals, said this latest development could add to the highly-decorated portfolio of Scottish engineering projects that align with the country’s canals with the likes of the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies already proving a massive hit.

She added: "Permanently connecting the communities of Maryhill, Gilshochill and Ruchill for the first time since the canal was constructed more than two centuries ago, Stockingfield Bridge will provide the missing link in the canal's towpath network. By connecting these parts of the city, we will create the opportunity for even more people to explore the incredible environments of the Forth and Clyde canal by boot or bike."