Erskine Bridge turns 50

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A series of unseen photos is being released to mark the 50 th anniversary of the Erskine Bridge.

The iconic crossing over the Clyde was opened on the 2 July 1971 by HRH Princess Anne, becoming the first fixed link between Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire.

Construction on the project began in April 1967 at a cost of £10.5m, which is the equivalent of almost £150m today.

The bridge is 1.3km in length and 30m wide, with its tallest support measuring 50m.

An aerial view of the Erskine Bridge in 2020.

Minster for Transport Graeme Dey:

“The Erskine Bridge has become an iconic landmark and was, at one point, the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world.

“The crossing helped to significantly cut journey times when it opened to traffic, particularly during the busy tourist seasons. It continues to play an important role, carrying over 35,000 vehicles every day.

“The Erskine Bridge has also been listed for unique architectural and technical features, so it’s important to recognise the impact it has made in the past 50 years.”

The Glasgow Motorway Archive , in collaboration with Transport Scotland, is releasing a number of previously unseen photos of the Erskine Bridge.

Aerial view of the Erskine Bridge under construction in August 1970 - the gap in the middle is still to be closed.

Stuart Baird from the Glasgow Motorway Archive said:

“The Erskine Bridge remains ones of the most ambitious civil engineering projects ever undertaken in Scotland and has become a much loved landmark.

“The Glasgow Motorway Archive is delighted to have unearthed previously unseen photos of its construction in time for its 50 th anniversary and we look forward to sharing them, and a few other surprises, on our website and social media channels.”

Construction of the bridge deck of the Erskine Bridge is completed in 1971.

Celebrating 50 years of the Erskine Bridge - video transcript

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Erskine is a town on the south bank of the River Clyde and is close to the Erskine Bridge.

Erskine began life as a small village settlement and has since expanded into a bustling new town. The Erskine Bridge connects Renfrewshire with West Dunbartonshire and stands more than 150 feet from the River Clyde. The nearby Erskine veterans charity houses a popular garden centre and restaurant, while other nearby attractions include the luxury 5-star Mar Hall Golf Resort and Spa, Lamont City Farm and a popular soft-play facility, Pandamonium.

Boden Boo is a woodland area which lies beneath the Erskine Bridge and contains about two miles of trails and the Erskine Beach. Erskine is also home to the Newshot Island Nature Reserve, a salt marsh that juts out into the River Clyde and acts as a feeding and resting point for a wide array of migratory birds.

Erskine has two golf clubs, The Erskine Golf Club, which hosted the Scottish Professional Championship in 1991 and The Scottish Youths Championship in 2007, and Mar Hall hotel, golf and spa resort. Mar Hall is a luxury five star hotel which overlooks the River Clyde and enjoys views towards the Kilpatrick Hills. 

Erskine is easily accessed by road via the Erskine Bridge as well as the M8 motorway. Local bus services connect the town to surrounding destinations including Paisley, Renfrew and Bishopton, where the nearest train station is.

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Erskine Bridge closed to traffic in both directions amid concern for a person

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The Erskine Bridge has been closed in both directions amid concern for a person.

Traffic Scotland confirmed news of the initial closure — on the southbound carriage — at 6:45pm this evening. They subsequently confirmed the closure of the northbound carriage a short time later.

Road users are being advised to approach with caution and expect delays as a result of the closure.

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An alert on the Traffic Scotland website reads: "The Esrkine Bridge is closed in both directions due to a police incident. Road users should approach with caution and expect delays.

Traffic information site INRIX also issued an alert which read: "A898 Erskine Bridge in both directions closed, queueing traffic due to police incident between A82 Great Western Road (Old Kilpatrick) and M898 J1 (Erskine, Erskine Hospital)."

Police confirmed to Glasgow Live that the closure is in respect to concern for a person.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Officers were called to reports of concern for a person on Erskine Bridge at around 6.40pm on Wednesday, 4 May, 2022.

“The road and footpath of the bridge are closed and officers remain at the scene.”

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The Erskine Bridge is now on the Scottish A list

A major Scottish roadbridge has been given Category A listed status.

The Erskine Bridge over the River Clyde, has been awarded Category A status by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) after it was recognised as being of special architectural interest, it was announced today (Thursday 29 November).

The bridge, officially opened in 1972, is one of Scotland’s most architecturally and technically designed bridges of the post-war period and has the longest cable-stayed span of its type in the world. It is one of only three bridges in Scotland with a main span exceeding 300 metres.

The decision to list Erskine Bridge follows on from a consultation launched by HES, West Dunbartonshire Council, Transport Scotland and Renfrewshire Council, where members of the public were invited to express their views on the Bridge being awarded listed status.

Elizabeth McCrone, head of designations at HES, said: ‘The Erskine Bridge is a state-of-the-art infrastructure landmark in Scotland for its time and is recognised for its structural simplicity, economy of materials and slender appearance.

‘Spanning the River Clyde, the Bridge was part of a strategic and highly ambitious expansion of the new motorway network in Scotland, and is directly associated with the period of ambitious transformation of Scotland’s modern infrastructure in the 1960s.

‘Its minimalistic single-cable design – which is exceptionally rare for a large-scale road bridge – combined with its largely unchanged appearance makes it one of the country’s most innovative bridges of the 20 th  century, and we’re delighted to recognise its national importance with this Category A status.’

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, said: ‘Scottish Ministers, through Transport Scotland, have been responsible for the Erskine Bridge’s inspection and maintenance since 1971, so I am delighted that it has been recognised as a Category A listed structure.

‘This well-known landmark is testament to the engineers who designed it, as well as those who have worked on it over the years, and I congratulate everyone involved in this process for their efforts.’

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Erskine Bridge closes for ‘public safety’ second time in two days

The crossing closed on Monday as Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior made its way up the Clyde.

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More on this story, erskine bridge closed as ship of youth activists sails up the clyde.

The Erskine Bridge has been closed for the second time in two days so a vessel can pass underneath.

The crossing also shut at 2.30pm on Monday as Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior ship travelled up the River Clyde to drop young climate activists near COP26.

Traffic Scotland warned drivers to expect delays and diversions during the rush hour bridge closure.

Police Scotland will close the #A898 Erskine Bridge for a short period of time late this afternoon for public safety. The closure will be around 1630, subject to local tidal conditions. Traffic will be diverted & will be reopened as soon as possible. @GetReadyGlasgow @RenCouncil pic.twitter.com/PPQEibTG17 — Traffic Scotland (@trafficscotland) November 2, 2021

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