Forth Bridge paint job complete

William Waddall, 32, abseiler.
William Waddall, 32, abseiler.

NETWORK Rail has at long last completed its 10-year, £130m programme of refurbishment and repainting on the Forth Bridge.

With the scaffolding now removed, the 125-year-old structure will not need a full paint job for at least 20 years.

David Simpson, Network Rail route managing director for Scotland, said: “The completion of this refurbishment will safeguard the future of one of the country’s most famous landmarks.

“Repainting the bridge has long been considered one of the world’s never-ending tasks, and the refurbishment programme we have just completed has been one of the biggest engineering challenges Network Rail has faced.

“Our staff and contractors can take real pride in their achievements on this project, not least in the fact that through their efforts this amazing structure will remain free of major maintenance work for at least two decades.”

Marshall Scott, managing director of Balfour Beatty Regional Civil Engineering, the main contractor added: “Balfour Beatty is immensely proud to have successfully delivered the programme to refurbish the Forth Bridge over the past decade.”

With the main refurbishment work completed, contractors will continue to work around the structure between now and spring 2012, decommissioning site compounds and restoring the public viewing area at the North Queensferry side of the bridge.