Westburn Viaduct

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view of the viaduct from the south bank

Westburn Viaduct, also known as Carmyle Viaduct, is a disused railway bridge over the River Clyde between Carmyle in Glasgow (north side) and Westburn (Cambuslang) in South Lanarkshire (south side). It is constructed of a steel lattice frame with sandstone pillars and has 3 main spans over the water.[1]

The bridge was constructed in 1897[2] as part of the Glasgow Central Railway between Carmyle and Newton stations and linked to the Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway.

Fencing blocking off the bridge from the south bank (before the most recent effective fortifications were added)

A further connection towards Kirkhill on the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway was made in 1904. The passenger train services using the bridge ended in 1964, although freight services, mostly serving Clydebridge Steelworks and Clyde Iron Works, continued until 1983 when those facilities ceased operating.

The bridge was officially closed and fenced-off, although for some years it was still accessible to pedestrians determined enough to overcome the barriers. After gang disorder involving youths from Westburn and Carmyle escalated into serious violence in 2012,[3][4] the barriers were further reinforced to prevent the bridge being used by the youths to approach their rivals’ territory.

Between 2013 and 2015 a project to add illumination to the bridge developed with input by pupils from local schools (Bannerman HS, Trinity HS and Cathkin HS) in an effort to build bonds between the communities on either side of the bridge.[5][6]

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  1. ^ "Westburn Viaduct". Railscot. Retrieved 8 November 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Record and images for Carmyle Railway Viaduct". Canmore.org. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Police swoop to arrest thugs as young as 13 after brutal gang battle". Daily Record / Rutherglen Reformer. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Teenagers arrested as police crack down on gangs". Evening Times. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  5. ^ "New lighting scheme for disused bridge". Evening Times. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  6. ^ "'Linked Via Light' - Westburn Viaduct". Retrieved 8 November 2016.

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Coordinates: 55°49′41″N 4°09′12″W / 55.828098°N 4.153212°W / 55.828098; -4.153212