SOME of the construction veterans who helped build the original Forth Road Bridge returned for a reunion on the site of the new structure.
The former workers met members of the team responsible for the
construction of the new bridge after being invited by contractor Forth Crossing Bridge
Constructors (FCBC) for a detailed briefing on the design and technical
Carlo Germani, FCBC project director, said: “This is a very special event. It is a rare honour and real pleasure for everybody at FCBC to meet some of the talented people who built the new crossing’s famous predecessor.
“Things have changed a great deal in construction over the past half century, so we have a huge amount to learn from each other. We look forward to having an on-going relationship with the ‘veterans’ over the years ahead as the new bridge takes shape and to continue working with the rest of the community in order to inspire interest in what we are constructing out in the Forth.”
Transport minister Keith Brown also attended the get-together at the newly-opened education centre at South Queensferry. He said: “When the Forth Road Bridge opened in September 1964 it was one of the most impressive feats of engineering of the time. The Forth Replacement Crossing is of the most impressive of ours. Where else in the world will you find three iconic bridges spanning three centuries and representing the highest standards of civil engineering achieved in each?
“It was fascinating to meet with many of those who played such a pivotal role in the construction of the original bridge. They are impressive characters and have many stories to tell. Some of the challenges, such as coping with the severe weather, are still relevant today.”
He added: “Of course 2013 promises to be a crucial year for the most significant Scottish infrastructure project for a generation. The permanent structure is expected to become visible as the bridge towers start to rise from the waters of the Forth and the people of Scotland get the chance to vote for the permanent name for their bridge.”
Next year will be the bridge’s 50th anniversary.