Pictures depict progress on the new Forth bridge (From Herald Scotland)



  • Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure Keith Brown said: “It seems a long time since 2011 when construction work on the bridge began.
  • “During 2015 the progress in building the new bridge has been much more noticeable to passers-by the higher above the water the bridge has grown.
  • Now entering its final year of construction, Scotland’s latest engineering wonder has been taking shape over the Firth of Forth.
  • The Frame the Bridge campaign also launched in 2015, with people being encouraged to send in pictures of themselves or family and friends with the bridge works in the background.
  • “It’s very clear the progress that is being made as we look forward to 2016 and the final year of construction.”


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Looking back on a lamentable lack of future-proofing in construction of Forth Road Bridge (From Herald Scotland)



  • It would appear the 1964 Forth Road Bridge was not, if its whole integrity depends on such individual small components.
  • THE Forth Bridge, opened in 1890, was deliberately over-engineered after the Tay Bridge disaster in 1879.
  • THERE are two clear and important messages to emerge from the current Forth Road Bridge fiasco (“Share your car or work from home, bridge drivers urged”, The Herald, December 7, and Letters, December 7, 8 & 9).
  • Perhaps the hard-hats currently poking at the underside of the Forth Road Bridge might learn a lot by way of similar investigations underneath Stevens’s efforts at Hyndford, and others like it.
  • This was the case in free university tuition (paid for by scrapping more than 140,000 further education college places) and is now the case in scrapping bridge tolls at a time when all budgets were under pressure.


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