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Article published 31/05/2022

On Tuesday 31 May, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Mairi Gougeon MSP, opened the new £1.8 million Lossiemouth East Beach bridge.

A popular beach in Moray Speyside, Lossiemouth's East Beach, is one again accessible to locals and visitors after the new bridge connecting the beach to the Esplanade has been opened.

In July 2019, the old bridge was closed due to safety concerns and there has been limited access to the East Beach for the past three years.

The new bridge is sited off the Esplanade, where an original bridge was situated prior to the 1919 construction of the old wooden structure. The old bridge is due to be removed in coming weeks, and details of this will be finalised in the coming weeks.

I know how excited locals and visitors alike are at regaining access to the East Beach and I look forward to seeing everyone enjoying it this summer.

The hard work that has gone in to getting this bridge designed, constructed and open and access to the East Beach restored in less than three years is extraordinary. My gratitude especially goes to Lossiemouth Community Development Trust, the Council’s own engineering and consultancy team for managing the project, The Scottish Government and, of course, the wider Lossie community.

Lossiemouth has a great atmosphere, particularly in summer, and direct access to the beach from the Esplanade will be a boost for local businesses coming into the busy holiday season.

Moray Council Convener, Cllr Marc Macrae

The Moray coast has long been a popular destination for locals and visitors and the loss of the Lossiemouth East Bridge has taken its toll on the local community in recent years. That is why the Scottish Government has invested £1.8 million of funding to replace the old bridge. The new bridge is fully accessible, including for buggies and wheelchairs, making the beach available to all.

It is great that the new bridge is now officially open and that locals and visitors are easily able to access such a beautiful and scenic spot once more.

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Mairi Gougeon MSP

The new bridge, designed and constructed by Beaver Bridges, spans approximately 75 metres in length in an arched form. A 3.5 metre wide footway with decking boards made of wood effect composite materials join 1.4 metre high parapets.

The steelwork is finished in fluoropolymer coating and sit atop pile driven columns and connected into ramps built either side. Rock armour surrounds the entry points to the bridge. New footpaths to access the bridge have been installed and the existing ones on the Esplanade side upgraded.

Lossiemouth East Beach. Credit VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Bollards to prevent vehicular access are at the end of the bridge and the new bridge supports buggies and beach wheelchairs, making access to the popular beauty spot more accessible than ever before.

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