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.

There’s a stunning view from the top: the Forth Bridge on 2 June 2016 with a ‘Royal Scotsman’ tour train running along the southern approach viaduct. The walking route from Dalmeny to the southern portal runs underneath the up running line that the train is on.
Ian Lothian