THE west footpath and cycleway on the Forth Road Bridge is to open to the public on Saturdays, from tomorrow, to allow members of the public to view the construction of the new Forth Crossing.
Access to the bridge’s west footpath has been closed to the public since September 2011, with access restricted to bridge staff and contractors only. This is a safety precaution to separate maintenance traffic from the public while several major projects are in progress.
But the bridge authority has taken the decision and now allow access for one day per week.
Barry Colford, chief engineer and bridgemaster, said: “There’s some spectacular engineering going on beside the Forth Road Bridge at the moment. Work on the new bridge’s foundations is well under way and next year its three 207-metre towers will begin to emerge.
“We want the people of Scotland to have the opportunity to see this once-in-a-generation project close-up, so we’ve reviewed our maintenance schedule and adjusted our procedures to allow the public access to the west footpath every Saturday from now on.
“This is the very best vantage point from which to observe the new crossing being constructed.
“For safety reasons we’ll still need to close the west footpath from Sunday to Friday, but Saturday is our quietest day for maintenance so we’re pleased to be able to allow at least this limited access.”
*The west footpath will open to pedestrians and cyclists from midnight on Friday until midnight on Saturday each weekend. The east footpath will remain open to the public throughout the week. Both footpaths will close in the event of high winds gusting over 50mph.