We're proposing a bridge walk experience at the Forth Bridge

The Forth Bridge is an iconic structure which has worldwide recognition as a World Heritage Site.

What is the Forth Bridge Experience?

For the first time in the bridge’s history, the public will be able to access the world-famous structure and explore its heritage as well as the outstanding views from 367 ft (110m) above sea level.

Plans will see construction of a Bridge Walk Reception Hub on the South Queensferry side of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which will be used for preparing those heading out on the bridge walk as well as providing physical access to the bridge.

The proposals will be delivered with full consideration of the bridge’s world heritage status and will set out to further the aims of UNESCO in helping to interpret the history and heritage of the Forth Bridge. It will also aim to recognise the significance of its two sister bridges and the supporting communities north and south of the Firth of Forth.

In a similar style to the world-renowned Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk, groups of between 12 to 15 people will put on safety harnesses before being led out from the South Queensferry side of the estuary onto the south cantilever, walking up to the view point at the top.  Up to three groups an hour will be permitted on the bridge, with each tour estimated to last around two and a half hours.

The bridge walk experience will be a unique Scottish tourist attraction.

There are also longer-term ambitions to develop visitor facilities at the north end of the Forth Bridge, which could see access to the top of the north cantilever via a lift.

Finally, we are committed to providing a unique, world class facility that will enhance Scotland’s reputation in the eyes of domestic and international visitors but will also improve local amenities and present local enterprise opportunities.

Consultation

Over 200 people participated in public drop-in sessions throughout the summer of 2019 where they had the chance to find out more about the proposals and designs; it’s hugely encouraging to see the plans being met with real support and enthusiasm.

Between the 3 community drop-ins held on 11 June, 18 July and 10 October 2019 circa 200 people came along to speak with the project team and discuss the proposal for the FBE. There was significant support and enthusiasm for the proposal. The dialogue with interested parties was very constructive and helped inform our proposal. There were, of course, some concerns raised mainly revolving around parking, the management of visitors, impact on the environment including, visitor’s reception building and the walkway on the bridge and road access. The main themes from the community drop-ins and our responses is collated into a consultation report.

Current Status

City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) validated the Forth Bridge Experience application on 11 September 2020. The documents can be found on the CEC online system with the following references:

We have begun the process of appointing a main contractor to design and build the new Forth Bridge Experience. Potential partners were asked to submit their interest and Network Rail shortlisted firms to tender for the project on 28 August 2020. Network Rail is currently reviewing the tenders.

Contact us

For more information please call our 24-hr community relations helpline on 03457 11 41 41.