Wonders of the World: Scotland’s fourth Forth bridge to open on August 30th

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Look at that image. Is there anything like that anywhere else?

The Forth currently has three major crossings – Forth Rail, Forth Road, Kincardine. On August 30th, it will have a fourth – the awesome Queensferry Crossing. I thought the elderly and modest Kincardine Bridge deserved a wee mention here too.

The project will come in on budget too. How often do you [not] hear that?

Also on the 2nd and 3rd of September, the bridge will be closed to traffic to allow 50 000 members of the public to walk across. The ballot for places is at:

www.queensferrycrossingexperience.com

It’s not just any bridge either. It’s the largest of its type in the world:

‘The 1.7 miles (2.7km) structure will be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and also by far the largest to feature cables which cross mid-span. This innovative design provides extra strength and stiffness, allowing the towers and the deck to be more slender and elegant.’

http://www.forth-bridges.co.uk/queensferry-crossing/about.html

The old Railway bridge [1890] remains special too:

‘It was one of the first cantilever bridges in Britain, and Britain’s first all-steel bridge and the two main spans of 521m were for 28 years the longest and second longest bridge spans in the world.’

http://www.forth-bridges.co.uk/forth-bridge/facts-figures-rail.html

Look at that image. Is there anything like that anywhere else?

The Forth currently has three major crossings – Forth Rail, Forth Road, Kincardine. On August 30th, it will have a fourth – the awesome Queensferry Crossing. I thought the elderly and modest Kincardine Bridge deserved a wee mention here too.

The project will come in on budget too. How often do you [not] hear that?

Also on the 2nd and 3rd of September, the bridge will be closed to traffic to allow 50 000 members of the public to walk across. The ballot for places is at:

www.queensferrycrossingexperience.com

It’s not just any bridge either. It’s the largest of its type in the world:

‘The 1.7 miles (2.7km) structure will be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and also by far the largest to feature cables which cross mid-span. This innovative design provides extra strength and stiffness, allowing the towers and the deck to be more slender and elegant.’

http://www.forth-bridges.co.uk/queensferry-crossing/about.html

The old Railway bridge [1890] remains special too:

‘It was one of the first cantilever bridges in Britain, and Britain’s first all-steel bridge and the two main spans of 521m were for 28 years the longest and second longest bridge spans in the world.’

http://www.forth-bridges.co.uk/forth-bridge/facts-figures-rail.html

 

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The Kincardine bridge was a wonder in its time [1936] too. See:

‘The crossing was a record-breaking engineering feat as it became not only the longest road bridge in Britain but had the largest swing span in Europe.  And in another first, photo electric cells were also used on the bridge to control the exact location of the swing span – it was so accurately set on its track that its 1,600 tons could be turned through 90 degrees by three farthings’ worth of electricity.’

http://www.alloaadvertiser.com/news/14825067.Kincardine_Bridge_turns_80_years_old_on_Saturday/?ref=mrb&lp=4

Three farthings eh?

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8 thoughts on “Wonders of the World: Scotland’s fourth Forth bridge to open on August 30th

  1. William Henderson June 20, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    What a magnificent sight at Queensferry. As infrastucture goes the Forth area must be up with the very best anywhere. I’d like to include the Clackmannanshire Crossing in the total picture. Just up-river from the old Kincardine Bridge and opened, I think, about 8 years ago, it isn’t scenically so spectacular as the others but it provided mighty relief to the traffic flow from Fife and Stirlingshire to the motorway network and back.

    All a great credit to Auld Scotia.

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  2. Finnmacollie June 20, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    A great photo of 3 bridges built in 3 separate centuries. And not even a single farthing to cross any of them.

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  3. Ludo Thierry June 20, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    Thanks John for this article and the pictures – Yea Gods – what a staggeringly beautiful picture of the bridges together – what a beautiful, creative, talented and progressive state will the ‘new’ Scotland be – It’s not far off now – bit by little bit we’re getting there. Keep the heid folks – Independence is within our grasp – The New and Better country we dream of is within view – Thanks, Ludo

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  4. Richard Allardice June 23, 2017 / 11:57 am

    There are in fact 5 main crossings on the Forth estuary.
    1 Forth Rail bridge
    2 Forth Road bridge
    3 Queensferry Crossing
    4 Kincardine Bridge
    5 Clackmannanshire Bridge

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