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Richard Lochhead hails "big step forward" for Lossie Bridge

By Jonathan Clark

PROGRESS on Lossiemouth's East Beach Bridge has been labelled a "big step forward" by Moray's MSP.

It was announced this morning a new contract to build the bridge should be handed out in June, with Moray Council estimating the bridge will be completed by next summer.

Lossiemouth's East Beach Bridge. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Lossiemouth's East Beach Bridge. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

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.

SNP MSP Richard Lochhead welcomed the progress.

He said: "I know people in Lossie are really keen for access to the iconic East Beach as soon as possible, and the fact we now have a timetable for tendering and appointing a contractor to build the new bridge is a big step forward that will hopefully give comfort to the local community.

"There was a massive sigh of relief when the Scottish Government confirmed it would provide funding for the new bridge and we need everyone to continue working together to get the replacement bridge built as soon as possible.

"When the famous footbridge at Lossiemouth was suddenly closed, it was a major setback for the town, particularly for local people who used the East Beach on a daily basis, but also for businesses who rely on people visiting the area.

"Of course, Lossiemouth is still open for business and there are other fantastic beaches to enjoy there, so I would encourage folks to continue to visit the town."

When the bridge opens, it will be maintained by Moray Council.

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