GLASGOW'S Govan to Partick bridge took a step closer today after it was revealed work could start on the project in January.

The announcement came as Farrans (Construction) Limited were due to be awarded the contract which is part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal, with funding from the Scottish and UK Governments.

It is also expected to be considered at next week's meeting of Glasgow City Council's contracts and property committee.

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The £29.5million project includes the construction of a new pedestrian/cycle bridge over the River Clyde between Water Row in Govan and Pointhouse Quay in Partick, a connection that will re-establish the historic link between the two areas.

Glasgow Times: Govan to Partick Bridge will relink two communitiesGovan to Partick Bridge will relink two communities

The bridge will be economically, environmentally and socially important as it will create a link between communities, visitor attractions and institutions of national economic importance, and is a key part of the active travel route between the University of Glasgow’s campus at Gilmorehill and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Work is expected to begin on-site in January next year, with project completion towards the end of 2023.

The investment in the Govan - Partick Bridge is key to, and complements, public and private sector investments such as the £38million UK Government Strength In Places funding to help the University of Glasgow develop the Clyde Waterfront Innovation Campus next to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital; the Water Row (housing and commercial) development; the proposed £100million Therme development at Glasgow Harbour, and proposals for more than 1,000 homes at Yorkhill Quay.

Glasgow Times: Work is due to start next year on the new Glasgow bridgeWork is due to start next year on the new Glasgow bridge

Councillor Susan Aitken, Chair of the Glasgow City Region Cabinet, said: “The award of this contract will mark a key stage in a project which will be transformative for the Clyde waterfront and the city region.  The Govan - Partick Bridge will not only provide an active travel connection between the West End and the South Side of the city, but will directly create new jobs, apprenticeships, training and other opportunities, as well as complementing a number of other ongoing or forthcoming major regeneration projects that stretch all the way from the University of Glasgow to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.”

Final approval of the contract will be considered at the Glasgow City Region Cabinet next month.