The main span of what will be one of the largest moveable footbridges in Europe came to Glasgow in style, towed by tugs on a pontoon up the Clyde.

The Govan-Partick cable-stayed swing bridge arrived at the installation site on Saturday. The span was fabricated in Belgium and transported by canal to the Netherlands, where the pylon and cabling were added before its onward journey to Glasgow.

The design, by Jacobs, is intended to evoke the cranes of the Govan Shipyard.

The main span coming up the Clyde. Photo credit: Farrans

The 6m wide pedestrian bridge will connect Water Row in Govan to Pinthouse Quay in Partick. The 99m moving span weighs 650t and the 15.7m fixed span weighs 45t. Installation of this latter span by contractor Farrans was in progress yesterday.

The US$35.7 million project is funded by the Scottish and UK governments through the Glasgow City Region City Deal. The expected completion date is summer 2024.