Council cash helps bridge that gap

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In 2010, heavy rain caused the swollen River Avon to wash away part of the timber bridge under the Torphichen Road Bridge, closing the popular eight mile walking route along the banks between Linlithgow Bridge and Avonbridge in Falkirk. But with £40,000, West Lothian Council funded the replacement pedestrian bridge, with construction work carried out by the Central Scotland Forest Trust (CSFT).

Contractors demolished the remains of the old structure and had to assemble the new bridge in difficult and restricted conditions under the existing road bridge over the Avon Gorge.

Tom Conn, executive councillor for the environment, said: “The old bridge was important to many people and allowed them access to important local landmarks. It has been a great team effort getting the bridge back into use and we’re delighted that the bridge has been re-opened.”