By Lucy Ashton
The Bracklinn Bridge in Callander in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park has been temporarily closed to allow for a specialist engineering survey to be carried out.
Simon Jones, Director of Conservation and Visitor Operations, said: “This is a precautionary measure and follows a preliminary inspection which identified some areas of potential deterioration requiring further examination.
“While the initial inspection did not recommend the immediate closure of the bridge as necessary, the safety of residents and visitors who use the bridge is our first priority so we have taken the decision to close access. This will allow specialist engineers to carry out a more detailed survey to identify whether repair works are required.
“While we recognise there will be disruption to local walkers, we are pleased to be addressing this during lockdown restrictions and before we expect to see an increase in visitors to this popular location over the coming months.
“Exact timing of the survey works and bridge closure are still being confirmed and we will continue to communicate updates on this as soon as possible. In the meantime we would ask people not to use the bridge or climb over the temporary barriers we are putting in place.”