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The future of a historic bridge in Highland Perthshire is looking a lot brighter following a £15,000 grant from SSE's Griffin and Calliachar wind farm community investment fund.

The Logierait Bridge, located near the ancient village of Logierait in Highland Perthshire, crosses the River Tay and provides a vital local link between the two banks of the river for the surrounding communities. The use of the bridge can reduce the journey to villages on the south side of the river by up to seven miles. The savings for local residents and business are estimated at £100,000 a year in diversion costs.

The bridge is one of the few open lattice girder viaducts left in Scotland and is formally listed as a structure of national historic and architectural significance. It is also the only community-owned ex-railway bridge in the country.

John Fry from the Logierait Bridge Company said: “Logierait Bridge was built in 1865 to carry passenger trains across the River Tay, it operated as a railway bridge until 1964 when it was closed as part of the Beeching cuts. It is now owned and maintained by the community, a fact that is not widely known.  Up to 200 vehicle crossings a day have been recorded - not to mention cyclists who use it as part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network.  Major repairs to the running surface are urgently needed and we were delighted to learn that our application to the Griffin and Calliachar fund has been successful. Logierait Bridge is an important part of our heritage and is widely used by the locals and the wider public. A big thank you to SSE and the community panel.”

Local Councillor and Trustee of the Logierait Bridge Committee, Kate Howie said: “The Logierait Bridge is such an asset to the Community and visitors alike and with this vital boost we hope that it will encourage users to support the volunteers and ensure the long term sustainability of the Bridge.”

The Griffin and Calliachar fund, provided by SSE, has an annual value of approximately £450,000 for community and charitable projects in Aberfeldy, Dull and Weem, Dunkeld and Birnam, Kenmore and District, and Mid Atholl Strathtay and Grandtully. Over the 25 year lifespan of the two wind farms, at least £15 million will be invested in the benefit area. Decisions on how the money is allocated are made by an independent panel of local people.