Peterhead’s Queenie Bridge to be taken down and removed next month

The Queenie Bridge in Peterhead
The Queenie Bridge in Peterhead

A historic bridge in Peterhead will be dismantled in the coming weeks as part of the £49 million redevelopment of the harbour.

The Queenie Bridge will close to the public on December 1 before the contractors begin its deconstruction on December 5.

It is expected that the Queenie bridge will be completely removed by the end of January.

The removal of the Queenie Bridge will mean that the only way to access the east side of the port will be from Alexandra Parade off Seagate.

Ian Laidlaw, Chief Executive of the Peterhead port Authority, said: “We apologise for the disruption but it’s for the greater good of the port and the town.

“There will be more traffic going down Alexander Parade but in the analysis we have had it will be the same numbers as when the market was there.”

The Queenie Bridge opened in 1954 connecting the town’s north and south harbours at Bridge Street and replaced a swing bridge that had stood there since 1850.

One of the quadrants of the bridge will now be salvaged and placed as a monument on Bridge Street to commemorate the structure.

Mr Laidlaw said: “We do recognise that it’s a part of industrial heritage of the area and we will keep a segment of it in recognition of its importance to the town.”

Contractors have also officially started piling trials in the north harbour and will continue to do so for the coming weeks.

The harbour walls need strengthened before the deepening of the harbour can begin.

The full £49 million project is expected to take 18 months and should be completed by March 2018.

This time frame also includes the building of the new fish market.

An announcement will be by the port authority regarding contractors for the new fish market as early as the coming week.

The planned fish market will have a 50% greater floor space and provide covered landing areas.