GLASGOW City Council has submitted its planning application for the Govan-Partick bridge and has also started work on improving a cycling/walking route that will connect with it.
The cable-stayed swing bridge will span between Water Row in Govan and Pointhouse Quay at the Riverside Museum.
It will be 115 metres long with a rotating central span of 68 metres, making it one of the longest opening footbridges in Europe.
The deck will be eight metres wide, a surface of six metres between parapets providing enough space for use by pedestrians and cyclists.
As well as applying for planning consent, the council has also sought the marine licences.
It’s hoped the construction contract will be awarded in summer 2021, alllowing work to start later in the year with the bridge opening to the public in early 2023.
The bridge, funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal, will form part of a high-quality, active travel route between communities, academic institutions, business and visitor attractions on both banks of the river.
Meanwhile City Deal investment is also being used to improve cycle infrastructure and pedestrian links between the University of Glasgow Campus and the bridge.
Work has started on the Active Travel North project and is due to be finished in April 2021.
At present cyclists and pedestrians have to share a narrow footway with delineation provided by a painted white line.
The current conditions do not encourage sustainable travel and result in potential for conflict between those on foot and those on bikes.
New segregated cycle infrastructure will be provided along Bunhouse Road, Old Dumbarton Road, Benalder Street and Ferry Road.
Enhanced materials, street furniture and public art will be used to create a network of public spaces at key junctions, and lighting will be replaced to enhance feelings of safety and security.
The project will integrate with infrastructure to be delivered through City Deal-funded works at Byres Road and with Sustrans-funded works being delivered as part of the Yorkhill Cycle Village proposal.