PLANS for the creation of a new visitor attraction at the Forth Bridge have been given the go ahead by the City of Edinburgh Council.
Led by Network Rail, the Forth Bridge Experience will allow for groups of between 12 and 15 people to be led out onto the bridge’s south cantilever, walking up to a viewing point at the top using walkways built into the structure.
Proposals also show plans for the build of a single-storey reception hub and car park in the development site at South Queensferry, with the design of the reception hub intended to minimise the impact on the surrounding environment whilst still offering ‘stunning’ views of the bridge. It will be used for preparing those heading out on the bridge walk as well as providing an access point to the structure.
Network Rail said that it has also begun the process of appointing a main contractor to build the new reception hub and car park for the Forth Bridge Experience, with contractors being invited to tender for the project.
Alan Ross, Network Rail Scotland’s director of engineering and asset management, said, “It’s great to see our plans for the Forth Bridge Experience moving forward. The team has worked hard to create this exciting design and we’re looking forward to working with the successful contractor to bring these plans to life.”