Pupils bury time capsule following refurbishment of Forth Bridge

Network Rail

NORTH Queensferry Primary School pupils have helped Balfour Beatty and Network Rail bury a time capsule at the Forth Bridge.

It comes after the picnic area at the bottom of the bridge’s north cantilever was reopened, after the firm undertook £7.5 million refurbishment works on the crossing – which included the grit blasting and repaint of the 130-year-old structure.

Pupils from primary three to five were taught about the works, before burying a capsule which included a newspaper clipping and photo of the classes, as well as personalised booklets written and drawn by the children.

Jeremy Spence, programme manager for Network Rail, said, “We were delighted to welcome back the pupils from North Queensferry Primary School to reopen the picnic area and to bury the time capsule.

“The team was really pleased with the fantastic job the kids did earlier in the month to help make the picnic area a fantastic space for residents and visitors to enjoy the views of this spectacular structure.

“The kids were really interested in hearing about the importance of the bridge and how our teams look after it as well as how to stay safe by the railway.”

Lee Waugh, acting head teacher at North Queensferry Primary School, added, “The children were excited to be invited back to enjoy the new picnic area and were enthusiastic to be involved in burying the time capsule.

“The pupils put a lot of thought into what could go in the time capsule.  We hope this perfectly captures life in 2022.”