Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Richard Lochhead MSP has hailed the official opening of the new footbridge at the East Beach in Lossiemouth.

Mr Lochhead campaigned alongside community representatives to secure funding for the new bridge after access to the beach was closed in 2019 and took their case directly to Scottish Ministers.

The Scottish Government stepped in and delivered funding for the new bridge which will be maintained by the Moray Council.

Moray’s MSP joined the local community at the official opening of the new bridge by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Mairi Gougeon.

Speaking after the official opening, Mr Lochhead said:

“The official opening of the new bridge marks a new dawn for Lossiemouth, and there’s no doubt it’s been a long awaited and emotional day for many in the local community.

“I’m so proud that the Scottish Government responded to the community campaign and stepped in to the fund the new bridge to restore access to the iconic East Beach.

“The new bridge is more than just a structure – it’s a symbol of togetherness, optimism and hope as we emerge from an incredibly difficult few years. In response to good news, it’s often said there will be dancing on the streets but in this case it will be dancing on the beach!

“I know that folk in Lossie and across Moray are desperate to cross the new bridge and get back on that beautiful beach and I expect the town will feel a real boost now that it’s officially opened.”