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‘Dangerous’ 100-year-old footbridge to be replaced

A crumbling, century-old footbridge was closed in the summer as a precaution.

Lossiemouth Bridge
Lossiemouth: Bridge replacement after campaign.

A crumbling 100-year-old bridge is to be replaced after a community campaign.

The footbridge at East Beach, Lossiemouth – which has no owner – was closed in the summer as a safety precaution.

A replacement largely funded by the Scottish Government has been guaranteed, now Moray councillors have agreed at a special meeting in Elgin to adopt the crossing.

Community organisations helped raise tens of thousands of pounds towards the cost of the replacement.

The final construction cost, which will be met by the Scottish Government, is not yet known.

Lossiemouth Community Development Trust treasurer, Rab Forbes, said: “I’m delighted with the outcome. It’s really all we could have asked for.

Safety fears: Bridge was closed in the summer.

“To have the support of Moray Council – and we thank them for that – and from the Scottish Government means that, now, this project can move forwards and hopefully with a positive outcome.

“It’s tremendous for the community. Lossiemouth has got a track record for the community coming together and this is another example.

“But this is for something that’s very close to their heart and to get such positive news is a step forward and see what we can do to get this job completed.”

The bridge closure and loss of access to the beach, has had a marked impact on local tourism business.

It is thought the new bridge will be opened in early 2021.

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