Published: 10/04/2014 16:36 - Updated: 10/04/2014 16:05

Elgin flood scheme bridge in place

The new footbridge at Kingsmills
The new footbridge at Kingsmills

THE latest feature of Elgin’s £86 million flood alleviation scheme has been craned into position.

A 35 metre long footbridge will take pedestrian traffic over the River Lossie at Kingsmills.

The 40 tonne structure, which was fabricated in the north of England, was transported by road before being lifted into position during an hour-long operation.

The footbridge spans the new flood relief channel which runs parallel to the main river and will serve as a pedestrian extension to the existing Brewery Bridge in the shadow of Elgin Cathedral.

Councillor George Alexander, who chairs Moray Council’s flood alleviation sub-committee, said: "Once it is opened later in the summer the new bridge will become a well-used link for pedestrians and cyclists going to and from the Kingsmills and South Lesmurdie areas and the main part of the town."

Work is also progressing well on the new road bridge a few hundred metres downstream, which is expwected to open in June.

Elgin’s flood scheme is the biggest ever undertaken in Scotland and is due for completion in spring next year.

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