Forth Bridge nominated for World Heritage Status
May 28 2012
It is the first large scale cantilevered bridge in the world, spanning some 1.5 miles across the Forth with 54,000 tonnes of steel.
Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said: “To have the Bridge inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site would be a tremendous accolade for the Bridge itself, for the local communities and for Scotland. This nomination has the potential to be a celebration of our country’s incredible engineering ingenuity and pedigree and I wish the team working on it all the best.”
David Simpson, route managing director for Network Rail Scotland, commented: “The bridge has become a source of pride and a symbol of Scotland’s resilience and ingenuity but we must never lose sight of the fact that it is first and foremost a working structure which still carries over 200 trains a day.”
Glasgow engineer, William Arrol, whose main works were in Dalmarnock and later also Parkhead, was the contractor responsible for delivering the £3.2m bridge (the equivalent of around £235m today). At the same time as building the Forth Bridge, Arrol’s company also successfully re-built the Tay Bridge and constructed the steel frame of Tower Bridge in London.
If the bid is successful the famous railway bridge could be Scotland’s sixth World Heritage Site by 2015.
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