New Dorrator Bridge put in place

The replacement Dorrator Bridge is lowered into place over the River Carron
The replacement Dorrator Bridge is lowered into place over the River Carron

The replacement Dorrator Bridge was installed last week marking the end of an old crossing and a new chapter in the story of the River Carron.

The distinctive lime green structure was lowered into place by a hydraulic crane at 9.30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 14, alongside the historic ‘swing bridge’, which will now be dismantled.

While the 121-year-old crossing is a well-known feature on the stretch of river between Camelon and Larbert, council engineers concluded it had reached the end of its working life.

The new £350,000 Dorrator Bridge has no steps and will offer improved accessibility to cyclists and wheelchair users.

Its construction is part of a wider programme of improvement works to the footpath network known as the Carron Loop, which is being developed by Falkirk Council, Central Scotland Forest Trust and the Communities Along The Carron Association to make access between Larbert, Stenhousemuir, Camelon, Mungal and Bainsford more ‘user friendly’ for walkers and cyclists.

The Carron Loop covers six miles and is intended to provide hundreds of residents with the chance to enjoy the outdoors.

Councillor Dr Craig Martin, Falkirk Council spokesman for the environment, said: “The new bridge will ensure that the communities in Camelon and Larbert stay well connected in the coming decades and allows everyone to explore and enjoy the countryside around that area.”

The new bridge will ensure the communities of Camelon and Larbert continue to be linked for decades to come.

Many residents are likely to be saddened at the loss of the older crossing. Known as the swing bridge, it was a popular playground for generations of children.

The original Dorrator Bridge opened in 1893 and was the work of respected engineer Louis Harper.

His grandson Douglas Harper, a former consultant surgeon at Falkirk Royal Infirmary, recently met with community groups to explain his family connection.