Paisley bridge reopens after closure spanning two decades

Renfrewshire Council

A footbridge over the White Cart River has reopened to the public following its closure more than 25 years ago.

The Paisley crossing will soon form part of a new walking and cycle route from the town to Renfrew, with Renfrewshire Council anticipating works to begin in 2022.

Having originally been built by Scottish engineer Sir William Arrol, repairs to the bridge included strengthening of steelwork; protective paint coatings; new lighting; and landscaping.

The works were carried out by W.I. and Gilbert Ltd, with it being overseen by Sweco UK Ltd.

Renfrewshire Council depute provost, Cathy McEwan, commented, “I’m delighted that this bridge has been brought back into use for the community as it gives people a new option for crossing the river on foot or by bike. It’s been out of commission for far too long and credit must go to the team for completing the project to restore it.

“We want to encourage people to use active travel methods wherever possible as we seek to reduce emissions, tackle climate change and encourage healthier lifestyles. We know we need to provide the infrastructure to support people to do this and this bridge will be part of a new cycle route connecting the town centres of Renfrew and Paisley set to be built next year – one of many active travel projects that the Council is taking forward for the benefit of people in Renfrewshire.”

Sustrans Scotland part funded the project as they aim to make it easier for people to walk, wheel and cycle as part of their vision to create a society where the way we travel creates healthier places and happier lives for everyone.

Tim Aeberli, infrastructure coordinator for Sustrans Scotland, said, “We are delighted to see the reopening of the White Cart Footbridge to the public after three years of planning and construction works.”

The project was jointly funded by SPT as part of their support for active travel.┬áSPT vice chair, Councillor David Wilson, added, “Having been closed for many years, we are delighted to see the bridge now brought back into use, and we recognise the benefits the reopening will bring for wheeling, walking and cycling trips linking local and wider communities”