THE OFFICIAL NAME FOR THE SQUINTY BRIDGE IS THE CLYDE ARC.
This is the latest bridge over the river Clyde in Glasgow. It is a significant break with the past.
The Bells Bridge was built with a moving middle section that rotated around a central pillar in the middle of the river. The next bridge along is the Millennium Bridge, which has a two hinged sections that swing down from the vertical to meet in the middle of the river. These devices allow ships and boats to pass. Until recently the next bridge across the Clyde was the Kingston Bridge — which was built very high up to allow ships and boats to pass beneath.
The word is that this bridge was built simply to persuade BBC Scotland and STV to relocate to the southside of the river. It is certainly very difficult to find a route that gets you onto the bridge. It just seems like such a lot of money for very little traffic.
Everyone knows the problems of the Kingston Bridge, so there was a chance that lessons could be learned for the Clyde Arc — but looking at this bridge now, it just seems a silly idea executed in a silly way in a silly place. No wonder it opened to protests.
It is not taking traffic from the Kingston — so that problem remains unsolved. It is not unique — the design is similar to quite a few recently built bridges, and this spoils the area — the “Armadillo” and Science Tower juxtaposed with the Crane.
The squinty bridge is also very obviously very badly constructed — they seem to have got all the welded lugs in the wrong positions. these have clearly been cut off and relocated, and the original positions welded up. Oh, it really is far too shoddy for words! Perhaps THAT is why it is called the squinty bridge! Click images to enlarge and see the patching for yourself.