'Unsafe' winds delay arrival of £29.5m Govan-Partick Bridge span

The key part of thecrossing was due to arrive at Yorkhill Quay by barge on Friday.

‘Unsafe’ winds delay arrival of £29.5m Govan-Partick Bridge span STV News

Strong winds have delayed the arrival of the main span of the £29.5m Govan-Partick Bridge.

The shipment, which weighs more that 700 tonnes, was set to sail by barge to Yorkhill Quay on Friday, passing sites such as Dumbarton Rock, Braehead and Glasgow Harbour.

However, the port authority advised that weather conditions had made the transfer of the bridge span up the River Clyde “unsafe”.

The barge, which left Westdope in the Netherlands on October 7, will now be berthed overnight at Ocean Terminal in Greenock and may travel tomorrow depending on weather conditions.

The bridge span was meant to sail up the Clyde on Friday. STV News

You can follow the position of the bridge on its journey on the VesselFinder website.

The bridge span was constructed in Belgium, before being transported along canals to Holland at which point the pylon and cabling was installed prior to sailing to the Clyde estuary and up the river.

Coming in at six metres wide, the span was fabricated in two parts: the moving span, which weighs 650 tonnes, is 99 metres long and which will use the South Pier (at Water Row) as its access; and the fixed span, which weighs 45 tonnes and is 15.7 metres long.

The Govan-Partick Bridge project is a Glasgow City Region City Deal project, funded by the Scottish and UK Governments.

Work began on the bridge in January 2022 and is set to be completed in spring 2024.

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