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Clyde Arc failure to be battled out in court

Legal proceedings to determine who is liable for the failure of a connection on the Glasgow Clyde Arc bridge will kick off later this month when fabricator Watson Steel and connection supplier Macalloy meet in court to outline their cases.

The case management conference (CMC) will try to settle some or all of the issues in dispute in an attempt to avoid a trial. If no settlement is achieved, the date for the trial will be set.

Macalloy denies accusations from Watson Steel that it supplied faulty steel with poorly manufactured connection holes for use on the bridge (NCE 2 April 2009). However, Watson is claiming £1.8M in compensation from Macalloy, because it had to replace hanger connections after one failed.

Accusations denied

The Clyde Arc had to close on 14 January 2008 after the connection on the two year old bridge failed, causing a 35m long Macalloy bar to fall on to the carriageway.

The bar was one of 14 tension bars which suspended the deck from the bridge’s bowstring arch. A second crack in another connection was found 10 days later, prompting a decision to replace all the existing connections.

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