Flood bridge to be formally named after Bavarian town this week

Landshut Bridge (www.jasperimage.co.uk)

The new bridge that is the centrepiece of Elgin’s flood alleviation scheme will be officially named this week.

Crossing the River Lossie at Pansport and wide enough to pass over a new culvert that diverts flood water around the old Brewery Bridge further down the river, the bridge is to be officially named ‘Landshut Bridge’ on Thursday.

Moray Council convener Stewart Cree will be joined by the mayor of Elgin’s twin-town, Landshut, Erwin Schneck, at the formal christening.

Councillor Cree said: “I’m very pleased that Moray Council has taken the opportunity to name the bridge after Landshut.

“It is great to have a contingent over from Landshut and I think the appearance of the bridge is very striking.”

Elgin has had formal twin-town links with the Bavarian town since 1956 – making it one of the longest running town links in Europe.

The new bridge became the centre of attention earlier this month when torrential rain brought flooding to many parts of Moray. It was closed for a short period as flood water rose dramatically.