New bridge helps make hills come alive for walk­ers

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News Highlands & Islands -

A new bridge which will give thou­sands of walk­ers ac­cess to Ben Ne­vis has been low­ered into place.

It is a ma­jor step for­ward in a pro­ject to im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity in Glen Ne­vis.

The foot­bridge has been lo­cated close to the Glen Ne­vis Vis­i­tor Cen­tre and re­places a pre­vi­ous cross­ing which was be­gin­ning to show its age.

The area is the start­ing point for the vast ma­jor­ity of walk­ers tack­ling the UK’s high­est moun­tain via the tourist track.

Work in the area also in­volves up­grad­ing a path to make it ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple with mo­bil­ity is­sues.

Work has been ongo- ing for the last few months – and is due to fin­ish in around four weeks.

The sub­stan­tial new bridge was built in sec­tions in In­ver­ness and ar­rived on site on Mon­day this week.

After be­ing pieced to­gether on site, a huge crane was brought in to care­fully lower it into place over the River Ne­vis.

Wil­lie Lawrie, di­rec­tor of Fort Wil­liam-based con­trac­tor Fion Con­struc­tion said the new bridge “looks the part”.

He said work on the pro­ject had been pro­gress­ing well and was on course to be fin­ished be­fore the tourist sea­son which sees thou­sands of walk­ers travel to the area.

The pro­ject is cost­ing around £597,000.

HEAVY METAL: The sub­stan­tial new Glen Ne­vis Bridge was built in sec­tions in In­ver­ness and then lifted into place by crane

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