Scalpay Bridge

The Scalpay Bridge links the small island of Scalpay with Harris in the Western Isles. Although the bridge was in use from December 1997, when Scalpay's oldest resident the 103-year-old Mrs Kirsty Morrison led the first cars across, it was officially opened in 1998 by Tony Blair (b.1953), the first serving British Prime Minister to visit the Western Isles. The bridge was built with the help of a substantial grant from the European Union and is some 300m (328 yards) in length. It is part of a programme of planned bridge and causeway developments intended to improve the social connectivity and economic development of the Western Isles.

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