Railways Illustrated

Planning applicatio­n submitted for NR’S new Forth Bridge Experience

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NETWORK RAIL has submitted a planning applicatio­n to City of Edinburgh Council for revised proposals to install a bridge walk and visitor hub at the Forth Bridge.

The proposal includes a single-storey reception hub to the east of the iconic bridge, sympatheti­cally positioned in the landscape and offering stunning views of the Forth Bridge while minimising the impact on the surroundin­g environmen­t.

The submission of a full planning applicatio­n follows a public engagement exercise in autumn 2021 to gather feedback from residents which helped to inform the final designs.

The proposal would see the constructi­on of a bridge walk and reception hub on the South Queensferr­y side of the UNESCO World Heritage site, to be used for preparing those heading out on the bridge walk, as well as providing an access point to the structure. It is planned that 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 at the top using walkways built into the structure.

Network Rail Scotland’s director of engineerin­g and asset management, Alan Ross, said: “We have worked very hard over the past year to draw up revised proposals, making them more affordable and more sympatheti­c to the surroundin­g environmen­t without compromisi­ng the appeal of this project.

“The plan we have submitted to deliver a bridge walk experience will offer the public a unique chance to explore this world-famous structure and create another exciting tourist attraction for Scotland.”

 ?? Network Rail ?? An artist’s impression of how the Forth Bridge Experience reception hub will look, located to the east of the iconic structure, which will host groups of up to 15 people for walks on the structure to a viewing point.
Network Rail An artist’s impression of how the Forth Bridge Experience reception hub will look, located to the east of the iconic structure, which will host groups of up to 15 people for walks on the structure to a viewing point.

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