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Forth Bridge World Heritage consultation launched

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May 20 2013

Forth Bridge World Heritage consultation launched
A public consultation has begun into a possible World Heritage bid for the Forth railway bridge, to inform the development of a World Heritage Management Plan for the site.

For 12 weeks individuals and interested parties will have the chance to have their say on the potential social, economic and cultural benefits a listing may bring.

It is hoped this could boost tourism and education in the area following the UK government’s decision that the 19th century structure should top a tentative list which will be put to UNESCO for consideration early next year.

Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for culture and external affairs said: “The Forth Bridge is an iconic and enduring symbol of Scotland’s Victorian engineering ingenuity at its very best. It truly is deserving of World Heritage Site status and as a new industrial heritage site would join our five existing Scottish World Heritage sites in achieving this international recognition.”

2 Comments

Egbert
#1 Posted by Egbert on 20 May 2013 at 16:29 PM
This is to be welcomed - just a shame it's already too late to exert some quality control over the shamefully mediocre RNLI building that popped up under the bridge last year.
Dan Macdonald
#2 Posted by Dan Macdonald on 21 May 2013 at 13:55 PM
The Forth Rail Bridge is outstanding in terms of world heritage and a wonder in its design and engineering ability to be in perfect working order after well over a century. It is unique and for such a massive structure, utilising heavy materials of the day with riveting, very beautiful, in its ability to enhance the landscape within which it sits, so magnificently. It's practicality and longevity too is remarkable in terms of sustainability compared to modern structures in that it has lasted without major overhaul, in contiuous use for 120 years. A truly remarkable feat of engineering.

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