Glasgow’s Anderston footbridge, joint-funded by SPT and partners, has won a Sustrans award for ‘Best community impact’ – one of four of Sustrans infrastructure awards being given to projects across the UK. The awards aim to highlight the very best projects that have taken place on the National Cycle Network since it was first developed by the charity 20 years ago.
Previously known as the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’, The Anderston footbridge was judged to have had an important role in linking up walking and cycling routes in the city. The bridge earned its old nickname as plans to link Anderston and the city centre for a time weren’t fully completed, leaving it suspended over a hotel car park. Working with the local community, the bridge was completed with funding from the Big Lottery Fund, with contributions also from Transport Scotland, via Sustrans, Glasgow City Council and SPT.
Strategic Project Officer, Shona Rawlings, seconded to SPT from Sustrans, said:
“This is a fantastic achievement and I’m pleased to see the project gain recognition in this way. The travelling public of Glasgow are increasingly interested in ways to incorporate active travel into their daily lives and infrastructure like the Anderston footbridge makes that possible by providing links between key areas.”
Mrs Isobel Campbell, Chair of Anderston Community Council, accepted the award on behalf of the local community. She said:
“We’re delighted to accept the award on behalf of the community. The Community Council and local people called for the bridge to be completed for a long time. Since it was brought down to the other side of the M8 a few years ago it’s had a big impact on the lives of people in Anderston and city centre neighbourhoods.
“The bridge has proved to be really popular. It’s used by folk from all walks of life and of all ages, but it’s made a particularly big difference to people with limited mobility. It’s given them the independence to make trips into the city centre directly and safely.”
John Lauder, Director of Sustrans Scotland, said:
“We’re thrilled that Anderston bridge is being recognised for the impact it has made on local communities. The completion of the bridge has opened up a safe and attractive route for people travelling on foot, bike, wheelchairs and mobility scooters across one of Scotland’s busiest roads.
“I want to pay tribute to the fantastic efforts of all those involved – especially the local community for the hard work that saw the bridge completed.”