Network Rail has announced that it has submitted a planning application to City of Edinburgh Council for proposals to install a bridge walk and visitor hub at the iconic Forth Bridge.
If the new plans are accepted, 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.
The proposals will see the construction of a bridge walk and reception hub on the South Queensferry side of the UNESCO World Heritage site.
Groups of between 12 and 15 people will 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. It is estimated the bridge walk experience could attract around 85,000 visitors.
Longer-term plans to create visitor facilities at the north end of the bridge are also under development and could see future access to the top of the north cantilever, via a lift.
What did the officials say?
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.”