Scottish Canals are working on the development of the Stockingfield foot and cycle bridge, which will provide a new and important linkage between the communities of Ruchill, Gilshochill and Maryhill.
As part of these improvements, it will be necessary to temporarily close sections of the Forth & Clyde and Glasgow Branch canal towpaths and the canal itself.
To allow progress on construction the canal will be closed to navigation in this area from 1 November 2020 to 15 March 2021.
Scottish Canals will also be closing sections of the towpath between Maryhill, Lambhill and Ruchill between 16 November 2020 and July 2022.
This will impact anyone walking or cycling the following routes:
- Bowling to Falkirk
- Bowling to Glasgow City Centre
- Falkirk to Glasgow City Centre
A 4.4km towpath diversion has been put in place for walkers and cyclists that follows the River Kelvin, avoiding the traffic-heavy alternative of Maryhill Road.
The route, which has been agreed with Sustrans and Glasgow City Council, will be clearly marked and letters are being distributed to local residents by our contractor.
An area of ground adjacent to the canal is also being provided for local dog walkers during this closure period, which will also be well signposted.
As part of the development new traffic signals will also be installed on Lochburn Road to manage traffic through the Stockingfield Aqeduct.
When complete the new bridge will provide a new access route for communities to the west end and city centre and allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross the canal at towpath level.
The increased access to the canal and the design of the bridge structure will significantly boost recreational activity and encourage greater use of the canal on what is currently a vacant site.
Keep up to date
Keep up to date with works at Stockingfield Bridge and other parts of the canal on the Scottish Canals website: https://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/stockingfield-bridge/