Closure advisory for visitors to Glasgow

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Car Rental News - Tuesday, 15th January 2008


Expect delays at Clyde Arc Bridge

If you’re planning a drive to Glasgow, beware that there will be traffic diversions around the River Clyde, as a support cable on the Clyde Arc Bridge ahs snapped, prompting Glasgow city council to close the bridge temporarily while investigations are carried out.

One of the 14 support cables fell Monday night, and inspections by Halcorw, the bridge’s design firm and Edmund Nutall Ltd, the builders contracted to construct the bridge should give insight into what exactly caused the failure.

The bridge was designed so that any damaged pieces could be individually be examined and if need be, removed for any maintenance or repair.

A Glasgow city council spokesman attempted to ease the worries of local government and members of the public by saying, "We don't believe the integrity of the bridge is affected. The Clyde Arc is designed to allow for the removal of one of the bridge supports at a time for repair and maintenance without affecting its operation. However, our number one priority is public safety and until we are completely satisfied the bridge is safe to use, it will remain closed. The bridge is still under guarantee by the main contractor, who will report back to the council once they have established the cause following their investigations and independent testing of the broken part.”

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