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Glasgow 'Squiggly Bridge' unveiled

New £7 million structure over the River Clyde is revealed to the public.

A new £7 million structure over the River Clyde in Glasgow dubbed the "Squiggly Bridge"  has been unveiled.

Council planners hope the new pedestrian crossing, which links Broomielaw and Tradeston, will breath new life into one of the most rundown areas of the city.

The structure was lowered into place section by section in December and since then workers have painted it, fitted handrails, fins and floodlights and carried out welding work.

It was wrapped in tarpaulin until earlier this week the covers came off revealing the dramatic design.

Officially known as the Tradeston-Broomielaw Bridge, the structure's unusual S-shape has led locals to dub it the Squiggly Bridge - following in the footsteps of the squinty bridge just along the river.

The bridge is part of a large project to regenerate the Broomielaw and Tradeston.  A council spokesman said some work had still to be done and that the bridge was expected to open by late April or early May.

He added: "While the covers that were in place to protect the public and the surrounding environment during shot blasting are no longer required, the bridge is still very much a construction site at this stage."

Bridge supports were erected late last year, with the seven sections of deck - each 17 yards long and weighing 25 tonnes - carried along the river by barge from the Glasgow Science Centre, lowered into place by crane then welded together.

Mark Barton, marketing manager of Clyde Waterfront, the body which is overseeing the regeneration of Clydeside, said: "I think it will be a great boost to the area. It looks very nice particularly if you line up on either side of it so you can appreciate the squiggle.

"I do think its shape is appealing and quite impressive if you are looking directly on to it. The hope is that this will make the waterfront area a much more thriving and vibrant place."

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