Best view in town

Over 1,000 floodlights will be used to light up the Forth Bridge. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Over 1,000 floodlights will be used to light up the Forth Bridge. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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NETWORK Rail bosses are looking at the idea of building a viewing platform for visitors to be hoisted more than 300ft to the top of the Forth Rail Bridge.

The rail company, which manages the bridge, has confirmed it is set to examine the feasibility of establishing visitor access to the top of one of its spans, which would offer spectacular views of the Firth of Forth.

Still in its early stages, the project could also involve a visitor centre being built in North Queensferry. Paying visitors would walk out from the centre to lifts designed to run up the side of the north cantilever – built on land, unlike the other two – to its apex high above the Firth.

Just last month, a 10-year job to recoat the bridge with paint expected to last around 25 years was finally completed.

A Network Rail spokesman said that during the restoration work, lifts had been built into all three of the bridge’s towers to allow workers to gain access.

He said: “We have a good amount of experience of building these platforms for the work that was being carried out and could look at making it more permanent. We are examining the feasibility of establishing visitor access to the bridge and this is one of a number of options under discussion.

“We are proud to be the custodian of such an iconic structure and following our 10-year restoration and repainting of the bridge we are keen to ensure it continues to play a role in the nation’s future as well as its history.”

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