Clyde Arc to reopen

05 Jun 2008

The Clyde Arc is expected to reopen to traffic on 29 June, Glasgow City Council has confirmed.

The bridge - which spans the Clyde between Finnieston and Pacific Quay - was closed earlier this year, after a failure in a connection component.

Since then, main contractor Edmund Nuttall Ltd and their team have been working firstly to establish the cause of the failure and, subsequently, to carry out successful repairs.

With that work now almost complete, the Council expects to be able to reopen the bridge to all users later this month.

Executive Member for Land and Environmental Services, Councillor Ruth Simpson, said: "The Clyde Arc has proven to be extremely popular with the people of Glasgow and I am very pleased that we are approaching a point where we will be able to give them back their bridge.

"It has a very important role to play in the regeneration of the Clyde and, specifically, the communities on either bank.

"Clearly, it has been disappointing to be without the bridge in recent months, but public safety is our priority and time and caution has been necessary."

The Clyde Arc was closed late on January 14 following the failure of one of the forged steel fork connectors that tie the hangers to the bridge arch.

Shortly afterwards, and in the course of a rigorous programme of inspections, the same component on another hanger was found to be damaged.
As a result the Council and Nuttall took an early decision to replace all 28 fork connectors with new product manufactured using milled steel and load tested off site before erection.

Glasgow City Council's Executive Director for Land and Environmental Services, Robert Booth, said: "The bridge will open safely within the predicted timescale and, as we promised at the time of the closure, at no cost to city council taxpayers.

"I must thank Nuttall for their unstinting commitment to the investigation and subsequent repairs.

"Together, we have taken every possible precaution to ensure that the people of Glasgow can have confidence in their bridge - and I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while this work was carried out."

The Clyde Arc remains under its original maintenance contract with Nuttall and remedial works have been carried out at no cost to the public purse.

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