First traffic travels over Queensferry Crossing

30 August 2017
The Queensferry Crossing, a £1.35bn project by the Scottish Government opened to traffic in the early hours of today, six years after construction began.
Queensferry Crossing.

Queensferry Crossing.

The magnificent new crossing is the tallest in the UK and the longest three tower cable-stay bridge in the world. It is not only a vital strategic link for eastern Scotland but also a stunning example of contemporary bridge design. Following today’s opening to traffic the bridge will be officially opened by the Queen on Monday 4th September.

This new road bridge links Edinburgh with the county of Fife, and stands proudly alongside its illustrious neighbours, the world famous Forth Bridge, now a UNESCO world heritage site which opened in 1890, and the Forth Road Bridge, a classic suspension bridge opened in 1964. The Queensferry Crossing replaces the existing road bridge, which will be used by pedestrians, cyclists, emergency services and public transport.

Scotland’s first Minister Nicola Sturgeon, said: “The Queensferry Crossing is a symbol of a confident, forward-looking Scotland and – as well as providing a vital transport connection for many years to come – it is a truly iconic structure and a feat of modern engineering. The Queensferry Crossing Experience attracted huge interest from across Scotland and beyond, demonstrating the widespread excitement and pride in the bridge.”

Peter Curran, Design Joint Venture and Ramboll Project Director for Queensferry Crossing commented, “As lead of the design joint venture working for the main contractors, FCBC, I’m immensely proud of the role Ramboll has played in delivering such a landmark structure. We have pushed the boundaries of innovation in its design and have continued working closely with the contractors to optimise its delivery.

Quote from Nicola Sturgeon reproduced courtesy of Transport Scotland.

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