Skye Bridge love tokens removed over safety concerns

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Love tokens left on the Skye Bridge have been removed due to safety concerns.

The bridge had been adorned with several padlocks bearing couples initials – as well as some commemorating loved ones – in the style of the famous Pont des Arts in France.

A spokesperson for BEAR Scotland said: “Skye Bridge is an iconic structure and the views are spectacular, so we understand why people want to leave padlocks on the bridge.

“Unfortunately the locks can have a detrimental effect on the safety mesh along the parapets causing it to rust and in some cases come loose due to the additional weight of the locks. By having a large number of these metal padlocks attached to the bridge increases the likelihood of impacting key safety critical elements, and for this reason we were asked by Transport Scotland to remove the padlocks in the interest of safety.

“We’d encourage people instead to enjoy the outstanding views from the bridge rather than leave any padlocks on the structure, as it is likely they will be removed.”

Anyone wishing to retrieve their locks should contact the Bear Scotland depot in Inverness.