Futuristic walkway in Falkirk would be a first for UK

Artist's impression of Falkirk ring walkway and cycleway
Artist's impression of Falkirk ring walkway and cycleway
  • Funding bid launched to help meet £6m cost
  • Officials hope to hear result this week
  • Path would link college, stadium and Helix

A futuristic walkway could open up investment opportunities and bring another attraction to the Falkirk area.

The giant circular bridge – planned to go over the current Westfield roundabout – would be the first of its kind in the UK.

‘We see it as providing a potentially exciting and attractive feature for the area’

Falkirk Council leader Craig Martin

Council officials are keeping their fingers crossed that a funding bid to the Scottish Government will bring in some of the £6 million cost of the eye-catching feature.

Councillor Craig Martin, leader of Falkirk Council, said: “This new circular bridge concept is at a very early stage.

“However, we do see it as providing a potentially exciting and attractive feature for the area.”

The ambitious plans for the bridge suspended in the sky are part of a bid to regenerate the Falkirk Gateway project.

It had stalled as the recession hit, but with the popularity of the Helix and the £80 million new Falkirk campus of Forth Valley College underway, the project appears to be back on track.

The aerial walkway and cycle path, similar to the Hovenring in The Netherlands, would provide access to both these sites, along with Falkirk Stadium.

The council is working to secure funding to take forward the £6 million project.

Officials hope to hear this week if they have been successful in a first stage bid to the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

It has an annual budget of £25m for projects that will help to deliver large-scale improvements to deprived areas.

Mr Martin said the circular bridge was “central to our plans to attract new business, investment and jobs to the Falkirk Gateway”.

He added: “We have a lot of work to do to finalise the design and attract funding support for a project of such significance and will be keen to engage our partners and the wider Falkirk community as we progress.”