a major new year ahead for The ferry

Works begins on the  southern viaduct of the new crossing
Works begins on the southern viaduct of the new crossing

Queensferry is set for a busy year ahead as major events take place on the Forth.

The Forth Road Bridge will celebrate its 50th birthday with a festival in September.

Its neighbour, the Forth Bridge, which will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2015, could become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

And also on the Forth, the third bridge, the Queensferry Crossing, is beginning to take shape after a busy 12 months of construction.

Significant progress was made on the project during 2013, including the M9 Junction 1A built ahead of schedule, the foundation work on the main towers completed, the first sections of south approach viaduct launched and major works at the Echline 
Gyratory at Echline Corner.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “This has been a very busy year for Scotland’s largest project in a generation. This progress is achieved through the dedication and hard work of the hundreds 
of people employed to build the bridge.’’

Video footage of works can be seen at http://youtu.be/aypU9SdqKZY