HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF SCOTLAND’S BEST LOVED LANDMARK

We’re seeking feedback from all potential visitors to the Forth Bridge Experience so please join our research panel and have your say in helping to create a truly unique and memorable visitor experience at the Forth Bridge!

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Our Vision

N. Queensferry visitor centre & lift access proposal

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S. Queensferry bridge walk proposal

As guardian of the Forth Bridge, Network Rail has a vision of opening up this magnificent structure and symbol of Scotland to the public for the first time. With the 125th anniversary of its opening on the horizon and a World Heritage submission being considered by UNESCO, the timing couldn't be better.

The first steps

Whilst we will be undertaking further research, as a result of our initial feasibility study we have identified two concepts for visitor experiences.

1
The bridge walk from South Queensferry.
2
A combined visitor centre and viewpoint atop the Fife cantilever.

Early surveys suggest that there is strong demand for visiting the bridge. Looking at similar experiences both in Scotland and abroad, we estimate that both visitor experiences would attract in excess of 100,000 visitors per year, with a potential for more than 200,000 at the visitor's centre.

The executive summary of The Forth Bridge Experience initial feasibility study provides further information on the consultation stage.

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Reinvesting in a Scottish landmark

With the large numbers of visitors we're expecting, we believe we can create an affordable experience for family groups through the visitor's centre and thrill seekers walking the bridge. Profits will be reinvested in the bridge's primary purpose – to keep trains running across the Forth. These funds will help to keep the bridge in shape, preserving it for generations to come.

The local community

At this early stage there are still considerations to be made as to how we maximise the benefit to the local community, but as it stands we expect the experience to generate, or secure between 220 and 430 full time jobs within the local and Scottish economy. Local businesses will be boosted through increased footfall and the area around the visitor centre will form newly created outdoor space for everyone to use.

Thoughtful design

In consultation with local architects, we have been very careful to minimise the impact of existing views of the bridge. Buildings, viewing platforms and access infrastructure will all be designed to ensure the bridge remains as magnificent as it has been for the past 125 years. As the project progresses we will have a better idea of how we can minimise the impact on the local environment whilst maximising the potential for Scotland and the local area.

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Recent updates

14 Mar 2014

SURVEY RESULTS GIVE FORTH BRIDGE EXPERIENCE A LIFT

Network Rail has released early analysis of a detailed market research study undertaken to support the development of a visitor’s experience at the Forth Bridge. With almost 2,400 online questionnaires completed in just ten days, the study is the most in depth consumer research carried out into a potential visitor attraction at the Forth Bridge.

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28 Jan 2014

NEW IMAGES RELEASED

New images released as the Forth Bridge Experience takes shape.

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27 Aug 2013

RAIL BRIDGE VISITOR PLANS

The Forth Bridge, will become publicly accessible for the first time by 2015 under plans revealed by Network Rail today.

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