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£2.6m upgrade for historic Albert Bridge£2.6m upgrade for historic city bridge (© Evening Times)
(Photo © Alex Glass)
A historic Clyde bridge, described as the finest in Glasgow, is to be upgraded at
a cost of £2.6million.
The A-listed Albert Bridge spans the river between Saltmarket in the north and
Crown Street in the south. The structure, which was named after Queen Victoria's
consort, is more than 140 years old and is beginning to show its age.
Designed by lighthouse builder Robert Stevenson, the grandfather of Treasure Island
author Robert Louis Stevenson, it opened in 1871. In 2002, the city council carried
out strengthening work to ensure it could carry heavy vehicles. It is now planned to
upgrade the bridge parapets and return the structure to its original condition.
Senior planner Ken Clark said: "Repair work will involve the renewal of the parapets in
their entirety as they are rusted in some parts and broken in others. The heraldic crests
will be repainted, architectural lights will be added and the bridge hopefully brought back
to its former glory."
Councillor Alistair Watson told the planning committee: "This is, architecturally, Glasgow's
finest bridge – of that there is no doubt."
The work will involve replacing the existing parapets with ductile iron, which will allow them
to take an impact without breaking. A number of the existing iron panels in the best state of
repair will be retained for future use, and missing features on the bridge will be replaced. The
structural ironwork will be painted and the bridge's stonework cleaned, re-pointed and repaired.
If anyone has been over it recently, then they know that it is badly in need of some restoration work.
At last money being spent on something worth saving, mind you a new bridge would cost a lot more