Glasgow's Kingston Bridge at 50
The 50th anniversary of the Kingston Bridge is being celebrated with a bid to give the iconic structure listed as a structure of historic and architectural interest.The famous Glasgow landmark was opened on the 26th June 1970 by the Queen Mother following just over three years of construction at a cost of £11m, which is the equivalent of £180m today.The Kingston Bridge is 270m long, over 40m wide and crosses the River Clyde at a maximum height of almost 20m.Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said:"The Kingston Bridge has become an iconic landmark in Glasgow over the half century it's been in operation."The crossing played its part in taking a significant amount of traffic off the city centre streets and paved the way for the pedestrianisation of Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street and Argyle Street. There is no doubt it continues to play a vital role, carrying around 155,000 vehicles a day."The work that's been carried out to ensure it continues to do this job in the future has also won civil engineering awards, so applying to have the Kingston Bridge listed seems a fitting way to mark its impact over the past 50 years."The Glasgow Motorway Archive in collaboration with Transport Scotland, is also releasing a number of previously unseen photos of the Kingston Bridge from the late 1960s and early 1970s.