REVISED PROPOSALS for a visitor attraction at the Forth Bridge have seen Network Rail abandon for the time being plans to build a visitor centre and viewing platform at North Queensferry.
NR says funding considerations have encouraged it to initially take forward a leaner, more focused project based on providing a ‘bridge climb’ experience at South Queensferry, which is estimated to cost £10 million to deliver. Access will be provided via an existing walkway under the southern approach span and a new steel walkway positioned at the top of the span. Visitors will be sent up in groups of up to 15 and hooked on to the bridge using a harness and continuous safety line.
NR hopes to attract 80,000 visitors a year, with the bridge walk expected to be operated under a management contract. A public consultation on the proposed development is expected to begin in the summer, after which planning permission will be sought.