Queensferry Crossing Lit Up Ahead of Opening

Queensferry Crossing Lit Up Ahead of Opening
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Queensferry Crossing Lit Up Ahead of Opening – clear night sky displayed amazing colours

The new £1.35bn Queensferry Crossing has been lit up to mark the handover of the bridge from the contractors to the Scottish government.

The 1.7 miles (2.7km) crossing over the river Forth opens to traffic for the first time on Wednesday.

On Monday night, a procession of vehicles travelled across the structure ahead of a handover ceremony.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon then switched on the lights and a projection beamed over the entire bridge.

The new crossing can take most of the vehicles that currently travel over the 53-year-old Forth Road Bridge.

The existing suspension bridge can be adapted to be used by lighter traffic such

as cycles, pedestrians and public transport.

The current Forth Road Bridge opened in 1964. But a serious problem developed from corrosion of the wires inside its cables not long after its 40th birthday.

Corrosion meant that the bridge’s cables had already lost about 10% of their strength.  A forecast revealed that it might not be able to take the heavy loads for much more than a decade.

New crossing will bring tourists and boost trade

video BBC Scotland

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