Glenrothes death bridge passes safety inspection

A man died after falling from the bridge earlier this month
A man died after falling from the bridge earlier this month

A popular Glenrothes footbridge where a man plunged to his death last month has passed a safety inspection and will not require safety improvements.

Fife Council, the body responsible for the overpass, commonly known as Stenton bridge connecting the Pitteuchar and Stenton precincts across the the B921 Kinglassie Road, has met all current safety standards and will not require alterations.

Safety concerns were raised by residents following the tragic death of a man after he fell 30 feet from the bridge onto the road below.

A spokesman for Pitteuchar, Stenton and Finglassie Community Council had called for the height of the sides to increased following the death and in the wake of an incident in March 2014 where a brick was thrown from the same bridge damaging a passing vehicle below.

“While we are not aware of any particular problem at this location from a bridge owner’s perspective, our bridge inspector has visited the site since the incident and has not raised any concerns,” said Ross Speirs, lead professional, transportation services.

“Although the bridge dates from 1975, the parapet height meets current standards for footbridges over roads. Consequently, we would not at this time recommend any intervention here to raise the parapet height.“