50-year-old structure connecting Brightons and Polmont replaced with £133,000 footbridge

A pedestrian bridge that has connected Brightons and Polmont for 50 years has been replaced with a new £133,000 footbridge.

By Jonathon Reilly
Thursday, 25th February 2021, 12:30 pm

Work began on the original structure a fortnight ago so a replacement that has better protection from the elements could be installed.

Engineers were seen putting the new 22-metre-long, 20-tonne steel structure footbridge in place over the Union Canal yesterday (Wednesday).

The replacement bridge has a protective paint system which Falkirk Council says will allow it to stand up better to strong weather conditions.

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The new footbridge, linking Brightons and Polmont, is hoisted into the air over the Union Canal. Picture: Lisa Evans/Falkirk Council.

Part of Station Road, which links Brightons and Polmont, has been closed for two weeks to allow for the installation.

Councillor Paul Garner, environment spokesman, said: “The existing bridge was beginning to show its age and, in future, will require less maintenance, reducing costs for us.

“It’s popular with local residents and we hope that the two-week closure while the work is carried out isn’t too disruptive.”

Station Road in Polmont has been closed for two weeks for repairs to the footbridge over the Union Canal. Picture: Michael Gillen.

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The £133,000 replacement bridge is set in place by engineers. Picture: Lisa Evans/Falkirk Council.