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River Carron communities connected by new bridge

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A new steel composite bridge has been installed across the widest part of the River Carron near Falkirk; the first time this part of the river has ever been spanned. 

The £840,000 Abbotshaugh Footbridge will provide an important link between the Bainsford, Langlees, Carron and Carronshore communities. It spans 48m – the same length as seven double decker buses – and is held together by 1,500 bolts. 

Fabricated and supplied by Cairnhill Structures, the bridge required 70t of structural steelwork. It was hoisted into place by a 500t-capacity crane.

Councillor Paul Garner, Spokesperson for the Environment, said: “The Abbotshaugh Bridge represents a significant investment for the local area, and is the first brand new bridge in the Falkirk Council area for over 100 years. It will connect residents and visitors to recreation, amenities, employment, the Helix and the Kelpies – one of the biggest tourist attractions in Scotland.”

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