Green light for new £1.8m bridge at Lossiemouth East Beach

PLANNING approval has been granted for the build of a new £1.8 million bridge at Lossiemouth East Beach.

The new crossing is to be situated at the point where the esplanade side seawall currently protrudes towards the River Lossie.

The site is believed to be where the beach’s first bridge stood, before it was demolished in early 20th century to make way for the construction of the familiar, now closed, wooden bridge.

The existing bridge

The crossing has been designed by Beaver Bridges. The firm, which has a base in Glasgow, will also carry out the construction of the bridge which spans approximately 75m in length.

Speaking to Project Scotland earlier in the year, Jo Beaver, HR and FD at the firm, said that securing the contract was ‘very significant’ for the company due to her and husband, Henry’s, strong links to the coastal town.

Speaking of the approval, chair of Moray Council’s planning and regulatory services committee, councillor David Bremner, said, “It feels like this has been a long time coming but there are set processes we must follow to allow planning approval and I’m delighted for the Lossiemouth community that we’ve reached this milestone.

“The next stage is for the contractor, Beaver Bridges, to finalise and submit the technical information, drawings and permits required for the associated construction work. At this point everything is still on schedule for the bridge to be operational by spring 2022 and I look forward to seeing it progress over winter.”

To read more about Beaver Bridges’ plans for the project, click here.