Plans For Viewing Platforms Unveiled
It was reported here earlier that the Forth Rail Bridge as South Queensferry is on a shortlist to be made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. Now plans have been unveiled which will see the bridge open to the public for the first time ever. This will give visitors a unique close-up view of what is to be considered one of Scotland’s most famous sights.
It is planned that on the North Queensferry side there would be a visitor centre which would have a lift up to a viewing platform 100m above sea level (330ft). This is because the Fife side in the only side where one of the towers is accessible by land.
From the South Queensferry side there would be a possibility for person to walk along a path directly under the railway track, then climb up the south tower. Both of these experiences would offer fantastic views over the both Queensferrys and also over the Forth Estuary.
The Rail bridge was opened in 1890 and 2.5 km (1.5 miles) long. The railway track is about 45 metres above sea level and at it’s highest point the bridge stands 100 metres above the forth.
Business Opportunities at Queensferry
These proposals are designed to take shape by 2015 when the plans could be released for these visitor experiences. This would coincide with the year when it’s hoped that the Forth Bridge gets it’s UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
This of course would mean more business opportunities for South Queensferry. The proposals will bring in more tourists to the historic town and would also attract more businesses to locate to Queensferry. So in the end it could be a great boom for the local economy.
South Queensferry Forth Bridge Viewing Platform
So we wait to see what develops from this. The Bridge is owned and operated by Network Rail. David Simpson, of Network Rail said: “We have spent ten years restoring the bridge to its full glory prior to application for being a world heritage site. We are excited by the plans to offer the general public the prospect to go to the bridge and see it “close-up” for the first time. While these plans are still at development stage, we believe that the proposals may be delivered while not impacting the well-loved view of the bridge.”