Forth Bridge Experience

City of Edinburgh

For the first time in the bridge’s history, the public will be able to access the world-famous structure and explore its heritage as well as the outstanding views from 367 ft (110m) above sea level.

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Project Summary

Development of a visitor experience and bridge walk on the Forth Bridge, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Project Timeline

  • number 1

    2019: Initial proposals for a bridge walkway and reception hub to the west of the bridge.

  • number 2

    2020: Tender process began to appoint a main contractor to design and build the new Forth Bridge Walkway Experience. At the conclusion of this process it was decided that this scheme would be put on hold for further development work.

  • number 3

    2021: Revised proposals for a bridge walkway and reception hub to the east of the bridge revealed. Full planning application to be submitted late 2021

Project Updates

Network Rail has submitted a pre-application notice to City of Edinburgh Council for revised proposals to install a bridge walk and visitor hub at the iconic Forth Bridge.

The revised proposals include a low-level reception hub to the east of the Forth Bridge, further away from neighbouring residential properties, minimising the impact on the surrounding environment.

The pre-application process will include online engagement meetings to communicate the revised proposals to the public and gather feedback which will help inform the final designs.

A full planning application, including plans, artist impressions and detailed designs will be submitted later this year following the public engagement exercise.

The Queensferry community will have the chance to hear about revised proposals to install a bridge walk and visitor hub at the south side of the Forth Bridge.

As part of the pre-application process, the Network Rail project team will be hosting two online community drop-in meetings this month.

Taking place on Monday, September 13 and Tuesday September 21, 2021 from 3-7pm, the online drop-ins will provide members of the community with an opportunity to find out more about the proposals and ask any questions they may have.

A full planning application, including plans, artist impressions and detailed designs will be submitted later this year following the public engagement exercise.

Interest in the revised proposals to install a bridge walk and visitor hub at the south side of the Forth Bridge has meant that Network Rail has arranged a third online drop-in.

As part of the pre-application process, the Network Rail project team is hosting three online community drop-in meetings this month.

With two fully booked drop-ins on September 13 and September 21, 2021 the team has arranged a third drop-in on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 from 4-6pm, to provide members of the community with an opportunity to find out more about the proposals and ask any questions they may have.

To book a slot at the online drop-in or for more information about the project please visit: https://scotlandsrailway.com/projects/forth-bridge-experience.

A full planning application, including plans, artist impressions and detailed designs will be submitted later this year following the public engagement exercise.

Project facts & Tasks

Why?

We are committed to providing a unique, high-quality facility that will enhance Scotland’s reputation in the eyes of domestic and international visitors but will also indirectly improve local amenities and present local enterprise opportunities.

What will change?

Plans will see the construction of a Bridge Walk Reception Hub on the South Queensferry side of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which will be used for preparing those heading out on the bridge walk as well as providing physical access to the bridge.

In a similar style to the world-renowned Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk, visitors to the attraction will put on safety harnesses before being led out from the South Queensferry side of the estuary onto the south cantilever, walking up to the view point at the top. Up to three groups an hour will be permitted on the bridge, with each tour estimated to last around two and a half hours.

The bridge walk experience will be a unique Scottish tourist attraction.