Historic Old Tweed Bridge restored to its former glory

3 October 2017


The historic Old Tweed Bridge, located in an area of outstanding natural beauty between Galashiels and Selkirk, has re-opened to cyclists and pedestrians and after a full refurbishment programme.

The restoration has taken around sixteen months to complete, during which time extensive temporary works were installed underneath and around the bridge; the existing bridge infill was removed; the masonry walls of the bridge were taken down and rebuilt; a concrete saddle was cast above the masonry arches which was waterproofed and the road was resurfaced.

The complex project involved a variety of partners working closely together to ensure the future of the structure which dates back to 1831 when Sir Walter Scott laid the foundation stone.  The work was planned in consultation with Transport Scotland, Scottish Borders Council, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish National Heritage (SNH) and the River Tweed Commissioners. 

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said:

“The Old Tweed Bridge has been given a new lease of life with this refurbishment and it can now be used by cyclists and pedestrians and enjoyed by the local community for years to come.

“Those crossing the bridge will now have the opportunity to see the foundation stone which was laid by Sir Walter Scott as it has been moved to the inside of the East parapet.   A stone marking the restoration is also in place, marking a new chapter for this historic structure.”

Stuart Wallace, Bridge Manager for Amey the company who led the restoration work, said: “This was a long and complex job, but seeing the bridge restored and knowing that its future is secure makes it all worthwhile. We appreciate the patience and support of the local community while this essential maintenance work took place.”