Forth Bridge visitor centre moves closer

Plans have been revived for a Forth Rail Bridge Visitor Centre - and it is likely to cost significantly less than the £35 million price tag that threatened to kill off the project two years ago.

Network Rail has submitted a revised planning application to City of Edinburgh Council for proposals to install a bridge walk and tourist building at South Queensferry. 

It will be a single-storey reception building positioned to provide the best view of the cantilever structure, without being too prominent. It is expected that it will attract 85,000 visits a year and create 35 to 40 jobs.

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  • Güntürk Üstün - 15/02/2022 06:19

    As some of you might recall, the Forth Bridge is an iconic structure which has global recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a cantilever railway bridge across the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland, 9 miles (14 kilometres) west of central Edinburgh. Network Rail plans to add a visitor centre to the bridge, which would include a viewing platform on top of the North Queensferry side and a bridge climbing experience to the South Queensferry side. In December 2014 it was announced that Arup Group Limited had been awarded the design contract for the project. In September 2019, Network Rail submitted plans to build a visitor centre at the South Queensferry side that would serve as a base for the bridge climbing experience. The plans were approved in early 2020 but were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Revised plans were submitted in February 2022. The bridge walk experience will undoubtedly be a unique Scottish tourist attraction. Dr. Güntürk Üstün

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