To provide access to the Festival site a new pedestrian bridge was constructed between Stobcross Quay on the north bank and Plantation Quay on the south bank. Its construction was controversial as some groups had lobbied for the restoration of the old Glasgow Harbour Tunnel to provide the link. That was dismissed on the premise that it was too far from the centre of the Festival. The tunnel had closed in 1980.
The new bridge was named Bell's Bridge as the funding for it had been sponsored by the Arthur Bell Distillers, producers of the well known Bell's Scotch Whisky brand. Bell's Bridge comprises three spans, two of which are suspended by cable stays from a needle shaped pylon. Its construction was enabled by the Bell’s Bridge Order Confirmation Act 1995 c. iv http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/localact1995/ukla_19950004_en_1)
The middle and south spans of the bridge can be rotated (by 90 degrees) around the pylon to enable the passage of river traffic.
The engineers for the bridge were Crouch & Hogg. Although intended as a temporary structure for the duration of the Festival, Bell's Bridge remains in place 20 years later.