Progress with the pedestrian bridge at Seabraes

Further to my previous updates about the new pedestrian bridge at Seabraes, across the rail line to Riverside, I recently asked the City Engineer for an update on progress with the bridge’s construction.
 
He has responded positively as follows :
 
“The project is progressing well and is on programme. 
 
You may have seen that the bridge steelwork has been delivered to site and is in the process of being fabricated for a single lift into place mid-April. 
 
The works‎ are programmed for completion and opening mid May 2015.”
 
See photo below of the bridge steelwork :

Proposed pedestrian bridge at Seabraes

Artist’s impression of the bridge
Back in 2011, I welcomed use of the Vacant and Derelict Land Fund to create the long-awaited pedestrian bridge from Seabraes to Riverside – something I have long campaigned for.
 
The bridge project is now progressing and has been generally welcomed as improving the link between Seabraes, Perth Road and the wider West End with Riverside and a number of constituents have asked what it is likely to be named.    They have mentioned some suggestions – Seabraes Bridge, West End Bridge, Michael Marra Way, Riverside Bridge and one even mentioned William Topaz McGonagall Bridge.
 
I asked the City Council’s Director of City Development about this and he has responded :
 
“Over the past few years, the development of the concept and design has had a working title of Seabraes Bridge and the intention is to formally recognise this and name it Seabraes Bridge upon its completion next year.  The area of the former rail yards now has an established name of Seabraes Yard as part of the wider Dundee Waterfront development, the name ‘Seabraes Bridge’ will help ensure that there is a psychological linkage from Perth Road through Seabraes Yard and on to the Waterfront at Riverside Drive.”
 
Clearly, the finalised agreed name will require council committee approval in due course but it is useful to know the officers’ recommendation and allow residents to give their views.

West End Christmas Fortnight photocall launch!

With just days to go before the start of West End Christmas Fortnight, at lunchtime today, I took part in a photocall at the West End Christmas Tree at Seabraes, with a number of colleagues, to highlight our forthcoming events!
 
Ably assisted by four pupils from Victoria Park Primary School, I am pictured alongside (from left) Gavin Baird of Ross & Liddell (one of our principal sponsors), Rev Andrew Greaves and Ann Prescott of the Christmas Fortnight Committee:
 

A great Christmas night in the West End!

We have had a superb Christmas night in the West End this evening, with a packed-out Christmas Concert in Dundee West Church, Christmas Tree Lights Switch On, fireworks and carnival ride.
 
The turnout this year was the best ever of the 12 years we have organised these events and I am indebted to my colleagues on the West End Christmas Committee and many others including – Rev Andrew Greaves and Dundee West Church, Robin Carstairs our fireworks supremo, Nisa Extra and the Kilted Kitchen who organised a great selection of food and drinks, Horne’s Carnivals, the University of Dundee for use of their car park – and the large number of West End residents who took part tonight.
 
Here’s a few photos from tonight’s events:
Concert in Dundee West Church
Mother Goose, Priscilla – and yours truly!
With the snowman!
With our local police!
Santa!
Carnival Ride on Duncan of Jordanstone Car Park
Kilted Kitchen was busy!
Tree Lights on!

And a couple of videos!