Glas­gow’s ‘Big­man’ may yet rise

FORTH & CLYDE

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THIS ARTIST’S IM­PRES­SION shows a strik­ing three-way bridge planned for Stock­ing­field Junc­tion, where the Forth & Clyde Canal’s Glas­gow Branch meets its Main Line in north Glas­gow. But it might be­come even more dra­matic, as the in­set pic­ture shows. Be­fore the eco­nomic down­turn put paid to the idea, the 100ft tall ‘Big­man’ statue (de­signed by artist Andy Scott, re­spon­si­ble for the Kelpies) was planned to hold up the bridge us­ing ca­bles. Now, Scot­tish Canals is keen to re-start the project (pos­si­bly with a new ver­sion of the Big­man lean­ing on the sup­port py­lon). The tow­path is in­creas­ingly busy with the re­gen­er­a­tion of the area and has had £ 8m spent on it in re­cent years, but at present walk­ers need­ing to cross the canal at the junc­tion must pass un­der a tight sin­gle-lane road aqueduct with no pave­ments.

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