Bridge used by Bonnie Prince Charlie opens after £200k revamp

NEW LOOK: Councillor Vaughan Moody and the council's bridge engineer, James McVey, are pictured on the revamped bridge.
NEW LOOK: Councillor Vaughan Moody and the council's bridge engineer, James McVey, are pictured on the revamped bridge.

MAJOR work on a historic bridge – which caused major disruption in a busy part of Kirkintilloch – has now been completed.

The £200,000 project to restore Eastside Bridge, which dates back to 1715, involved months of roadworks.

The engineering project involved strengthening the footways as well as structural and painting work.

The crowning glory of the bridge is newly fitted ornate street lighting lamps – which make it stand out for all to see and are in keeping with the bridge’s history.

Four cast-iron lamp standards on the bridge are the only surviving local examples of the town’s first foundry - the Kirkintilloch Foundry.

East Dunbartonshire Council worked in close consultation with Historic Scotland throughout the project, which cost around £200,000.

Councillor Vaughan Moody, vice convener of development and infrastructure, said: “This has been a fantastic renovation project from start to finish.

“Working closely with Historic Scotland we were mindful of the historic importance of the bridge.

“Now the bridge has had a complete renovation locals and visitors to the town will be able to see this fine bridge in all its glory.”

Work to restore Eastside Bridge has been ongoing since the start of the year. Local businesses and motorists were affected by the closure.

Some traders reported a slump in business because of the diversions put in place.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie is delighted that the work is complete.

She said: “I’m very pleased with the way it has turned out, the bridge is looking really good. It’s very historic and the work had to be done properly.

“There has been a lot of disruption for local traders and we can only apologise for this.”

Also known as Luggie Bridge, it’s category B listed and protected by Historic Scotland. There have been rumours that the bridge may once have been used by Bonnie Prince Charlie.

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