Glasgow locals select new rail crossing

RESIDENTS in the south side of Glasgow have helped select the design of a new footbridge which will connect Darnley Road and Moray Place in Strathbungo.

Network Rail asked approximately 5,000 locals to help choose the new footbridge design to replace the current crossing, with it set to make way when the line is electrified.

The rail management firm said that some people have suffered electric shocks after dropping or dangling objects over the sides of older bridges, with the new footbridge set to reduce the risk.

Of the three artist impressions provided, 85% voted for option A. The bespoke curved design was inspired by the existing bridge, with it featuring a high metal rail on top and a toughened glass parapet to achieve a ‘solid but open’ look.

Donald Stevenson, senior programme manager for Network Rail’s East Kilbride enhancements project, said, “We are delighted that this initiative received such a positive response and we would like to thank the local community for taking part. While we appreciate there will be some sadness when the footbridge is replaced, we are really pleased that the community has taken the opportunity to be involved in choosing a new bridge design that both compliments the local surroundings and meets the safety requirements for electrification.”

Network Rail said work on the footbridge is planned to take place in summer 2022, although the necessary permissions will be required first.