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A step closer to Lossiemouth's new bridge

By Jonathan Clark

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THE first steps have been taken towards a new bridge being built at Lossiemouth's East Beach.

The bridge was closed due to safety concerns in July 2019, and the Scottish Government announced they would fund a replacement in September.

Lossiemouth East Bridge. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Lossiemouth East Bridge. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

It is now hoped a contract to build the bridge will be awarded to a company by June, with Moray Council estimating the construction will be complete next summer.

READ MORE: Lossie bridge closed due to safety fears.

Scottish Government to fund Lossie bridge.

Moray Council backs plans to replace Lossie bridge.

Tender documents for the project are currently being prepared by Moray Council, while the prequalification part of the tender has been published on the Scottish Government’s procurement website.

Prequalification is where companies interested in submitting a tender are required to demonstrate they meet criteria. After submissions have been assessed, the top five companies will be invited to bid for the works. The tender process should be completed by June and the contract will then be awarded.

The project will be undertaken in two stages by the contractor. Stage one, funded by the Lossiemouth Community Development Fund, is a feasibility study to identify the preferred option for the crossing, and stage two is the design and construction of the bridge, which will be fully funded by Scottish Government.

Once the bridge is completed it will be maintained by Moray Council.

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