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River Avon Heritage Trail reopens

A crucial part of the River Avon Heritage Trail has been re-opened following the installation of a new replacement bridge.

In 2010, heavy rain caused the swollen River Avon to wash away part of the timber bridge under Torphichen Road Bridge. West Lothian Council, along with CSFT, has replaced the pedestrian bridge at a cost of £40,000.

The River Avon Heritage Trail is a nine mile walking route along the banks of the river between Linlithgow Bridge and Avonbridge in Falkirk. The path crosses the river in several locations along its route such as the Union Canal Aqueduct and Wallace’s Cave.

CSFT managed the complicated process where the contractor demolished what remained of the old structure and assembled the new bridge in difficult and restricted conditions, under the existing road bridge, over the Avon gorge.

Further path maintenance and improvement works along the River Avon Heritage Trail are currently being designed and costed by CSFT and both Falkirk and West Lothian Councils hope to implement these works in spring 2013.