Plans lodged for visitor viewing platform on Forth Bridge
Visitors could soon be enjoying spectacular views from the top of the Forth Bridge if new proposals from Network Rail are approved.
The operator has submitted a planning application to install a bridge walk and visitor hub.
It is hoped the plan could attract 85,000 visitors a year to one of the world’s most iconic landmarks.
Network Rail wants to construct a walkway and a viewing platform on the south cantilever.
A visitor reception hub would be created at South Queensferry. Longer-term plans would see similar visitor facilities at the Fife end of the bridge and could provide access to the top of the north cantilever, via a lift.
Groups of between 12 and 15 people would put on safety harnesses before being led out onto the bridge’s south cantilever, walking up to a viewing point. Up to three groups an hour will be permitted on the bridge.
The new planning application has been lodged with City of Edinburgh Council.
The project architects say, “Our commission also includes further developing designs for a world-class Visitor Centre in North Queensferry directly beneath the imposing Fife Tower, with lift access to the very top of the Bridge taking in the spectacular views. The visitor centre will provide space for events, educational exhibitions, and eating, drinking and shopping facilities.”
Alan Ross, Network Rail Scotland’s director of engineering and asset management, said, “The Forth Bridge is an engineering icon and the plans we have submitted to deliver a bridge walk experience will offer a unique and memorable visit to one of Scotland’s most loved structures.
“From the engineering genius behind its design, to the historical accounts of its construction and its crucial role in Scotland’s operational railway, the bridge really is a national treasure and there is real appetite to take these plans forward.”
The Forth Bridge was awarded Unesco World Heritage site status in 2015.