100-metre viewing platform mooted in Forth Bridges tourism strategy
A viewing platform could be built 100 metres above the River Forth as part of efforts to boost visitor numbers to the iconic Forth bridges.
A ten-year strategy has been launched to promote the Forth Rail Bridge, the Forth Road Bridge and the Queensferry Crossing and to attract people to the area for a world-class visitor experience.
Under the proposals, visitors “will be able to step on to a dramatic, 21st century viewing platform at the south end of the Forth Road Bridge to engage their senses with unparalleled views”. The adventurous may soon be able to walk in the sky, travelling up the Forth Bridge to a viewing platform 100 metres above the river.
The tourism document also suggests the development of a Forth Bridges Welcome Hub which will host creative exhibitions.
In addition, the strategy suggests using the theatrical backdrop of the bridges could be used for events which appeal both to participants and spectators; establishing self-guided and accompanied walking and cycling tours, including tours of the Forth Road Bridge; and to trial a closure of the Forth Road Bridge for a family cycling event.
Launching the strategy in North Queensferry yesterday, tourism secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “The Forth Bridges are much more than a means of travel. The Forth Bridge has taken its place alongside the Pyramids of Giza and Spain’s Alhambra as one of the world’s most iconic monuments and has been inscribed onto UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Its two magnificent neighbours are themselves great engineering achievements. The bridges span both time and distance as the three bridges were built in three different centuries.
“Today’s launch of the Tourism Strategy sets out the Forth Bridges Forum’s plan to tell the story of the three bridges for the first time, creating a unique experience which will allow visitors to learn about their history as well as marvel at their majesty.
“By communities, businesses and the public sector working together, we can use the bridges as catalysts for developing the many tourism offerings of the surrounding towns and villages.
“It’s an exciting development which will secure the area’s reputation as a top destination for visitors.”