Light­ing dis­play was tem­po­rary

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By ALAS­TAIR DAL­TON

Light­ing which has spec­tac­u­larly il­lu­mi­nated the Queens­ferry Cross­ing is only tem­po­rary, it has been con­firmed.

The equip­ment used for a spe­cial event to mark the bridge be­ing handed over to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment on Mon­day night is to be dis­man­tled.

How­ever, per­ma­nent light­ing will in­clude LED il­lu­mi­na­tion along the length of the out­side of the road­ways, which is still to be com­pleted.

There is also low-level light­ing on the ap­proach viaducts as far as the bridge’s two outer tow­ers. The tow­ers will also be lit at car­riage­way level.

A spokesman for the gov­ern­ment’s Trans­port Scot­land agency said: “The lights are a tem­po­rary in­stal­la­tion – they are not per­ma­nent.

“As we told the [Scot­tish Par­lia­ment’s] ru­ral af­fairs and con­nec­tiv­ity com­mit­tee in June, it is our in­ten­tion to pro­vide a full break­down of costs once they are fi­nalised, and the con­trac­tors will as­sist with those costs.

“These costs will be ac­com­mo­dated within the ex­ist­ing project bud­get.”

Mean­while, the agency said it had been de­cided that the bases of the three tow­ers, which are up to 210m high, did not need ex­tra pro­tec­tion against col­li­sion dam­age from ship­ping in the Forth, un­like those on the Forth Road Bridge.

A spokesman said: “The tow­ers on the Queens­ferry Cross­ing have been ex­ten­sively an­a­lysed for ship im­pact load­ings in the de­sign, so do not re­quire the ad­di­tional fend­er­ing sys­tem which was retro­fit­ted to the Forth Road Bridge some years ago.”

The new bridge’s ca­blestayed de­sign, which has been widely praised, was a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween sev­eral firms in a joint ven­ture as part of the project’s main con­tract.

Peter Cur­ran of Dan­ish firm Ram­boll is de­sign joint ven­ture project director, with Sweco of Swe­den and Leon­hardt An­dra and Part­ners of Germany also in­volved.

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