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Forth Bridge viewing platform planned

Scotland’s Forth rail Bridge, famed for being the first steel structure to be built in the UK, will become publicly accessible for the first time by 2015 under plans revealed by Network Rail last week.

Two concepts have been moulded around the structure following a feasibility study conducted by Network Rail, with delivery costs ranging from £12m to £15m.

The plans include a visitor centre and viewing platform linked by a lift in North Queensferry, and a smaller base to co-ordinate guided walks to the top of the south tower in South Queensferry.

The scope of Network Rail’s feasibility study was to ‘develop a visitor centre and attraction based upon a Forth Bridge climb and more general access to the top of the bridge by way of an access lift’.

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