Residents asked to help redesign popular Pride Bridge after closure

The bridge, originally built in the 1930s, was closed in December 2021 due to health and safety reasons.

Residents asked to help redesign popular Pride Bridge in Leith after closure STV News

A much-loved landmark in Edinburgh, known as the Pride Bridge, is set to be replaced after having been closed for over two years – and residents are being asked to help design the new structure.

Originally built for vehicular traffic, the crossing on Lindsay Road was closed to motor vehicles in 2008 and has since served as a key walking, wheeling and cycling route over Hawthornvale Path.

In 2021, community members painted the crossing in rainbow colours, leading to it earning its name locally as the Rainbow or Pride Bridge.

However, in December that year the bridge, which was at the end of its lifespan and under threat of demolition, was closed due to concerns around health and safety.

Locals launched the ‘Save the Pride Bridge’ campaign, and council officers subsequently made a successful application for Transport Scotland funding through Sustrans for the design of a replacement bridge deck, with £232,700 awarded.

The Pride Bridge in Leith.STV News

A designer, Mott McDonald, has now been appointed and, along with Edinburgh council, they are seeking help from local residents to design the replacement bridge.

These will take form in two information sessions and an online consultation to help the construction team gather feedback on proposed designs.

Councillor Scott Arthur, transport and environment convener, said: “The Pride Bridge has been such a well-loved landmark and thoroughfare for the local community, it’s only right that we involve them to develop a replacement.

“I was delighted last year when we secured funding to design a new bridge deck, which would once again provide a safe and convenient walking and cycling route between North Fort Street and Newhaven area.

“The strength of feeling amongst local people for this bridge, and its celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride, has been inspiring. I’d like to thank those who campaigned to protect it.”

Róisín Thérèse, who leads the Save the Pride Bridge campaign, said: “The Save The Pride Bridge campaign has worked closely with the Council and design team to communicate the wishes of the local residents in terms of preserving an accessible route, a community space, and an important LGBTQ+ landmark.

“We are excited to participate in the public consultations to reimagine this space and secure it as a valuable community asset for years to come.”

Lindsay Road Bridge information sessions will take place at the following locations and times:

  • Thursday, March 7, 6pm – 8pm: Dreadnought Leith, 72 North Fort Street
  • Saturday, March 23, 11am – 1pm: The Heart of Newhaven Community, 4-6 Main Street
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