By Lucy Ashton
Wind conditions have delayed the arrival of the main span of a new bridge which aims to reconnect two Glasgow communities.
A barge which was to have carried the bridge span up the Clyde will now be berthed in Greenock until weather conditions improve.
The main span of the £29.5 million bridge has already travelled from the Netherlands.
The pedestrian and cycle bridge will connect Water Row in Govan and Pointhouse Quay in Partick.
It is expected to be completed by spring 2024.
Built in Belgium, the bridge span is 6m (20ft) wide and was fabricated in two parts: the moving span, which weighs 650 tonnes (650000kg), is 99m (324ft) long and which will use the South Pier (at Water Row) as its access; and the fixed span, which weighs 45 tonnes (45000kg) and is 15.7m (51ft) long.
The bridge span left Westdorpe in the Netherlands on 7 October and travelled along Holland’s canals.
The Govan-Partick Bridge project includes the construction of a new pedestrian/cycle bridge over the River Clyde, re-establishing the historic connection between the areas.
Glasgow City Council said the bridge would be economically, environmentally and socially important as it will create a link between communities, visitor attractions and institutions of national economic importance.
It will also play a key part of the active travel route between the University of Glasgow’s campus at Gilmorehill and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
The £29.5 million project, part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal, of which West Dunbartonshire Council is part, and is funded by the Scottish and UK governments.
Top of page picture is of the planned replacement bridge for the Yoker ferry crossing.