Path crack closes Kelvin Walkway

A SECTION of a popular riverside path has been closed amid fears for public safety.

Loading Comments
Share
Print
A section of the Kelvin Walkway has been closed off after a giant crack appeared in the path's surface
A section of the Kelvin Walkway has been closed off after a giant crack appeared in the path's surface

Part of the Kelvin Walkway, stretching from the Botanic Gardens to the Wyndford flats in Maryhill, has been fenced off after a crack appeared in the pavement last week.

Popular with commuters, cyclists, dog-walkers and runners, the path has been described as "essential to Glasgow" by a local community group who are concerned over access to the area.

A spokesman from Friends of the River Kelvin, a local preservation group, said: "It is part of the national cycle network and it's a main commuter route for a lot of cyclists leading up to Bearsden and Milngavie.

"In summer, it is used a lot for recreation, when people go for walks and social cycling.

"At the moment, commuters are diverting through Wyndford but the walkway is essential to Glasgow."

"There has been a suggestion of subsidence there for a while, and the council have, quite correctly, taken the decision for public safety to close it off."

A path on the opposite bank of the river is also closed, and is yet to be repaired.

The spokesman added: "This really is the only path along the river at this point which is open to the public.

"There is not an alternative, so it is a much greater priority than the previously collapsed path."

Glasgow City Council have confirmed that the area has been closed off due to the crack, and an assessment will be carried.

Despite the area being closed off, the Evening Times has learned that some people have been moving the safety barriers and using the walkway regardless, possibly due to the lack of alternative access to the area.

Councillor John Letford, who looks after the Maryhill and Kelvin ward, said: "I use the area regularly myself as I'm not a car owner, especially during spring and summer as it's a good way of getting about my ward, but my main concern is about public safety - that overrides everything else.

"I hope it is a temporary closure, I'm not happy that an amenity has been closed, but if it has been assessed as being dangerous, it is for the best that it is closed just now until a mechanism where we can get it back up and operational is worked out."

A council spokesman said: "There are indications of recent movement along the walkway and an adjacent wall.

"In the interest of safety, the affected section has been closed while we determine the cause and whether movement is ongoing."

hannah.rodger @eveningtimes.co.uk

Local government

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

152950

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Sussed in the City

Whatever the result, the fans are Still Game

Times Out

Entertainment

Lifestyle

TV Advert
Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.

Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

The indyref vote is the biggest decision of our lives

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat Cubie’s job is to find and share with you the fabulous things the city has to offer, from gigs to gastro.