Pedestrians takeover new Queensferry crossing – the view was amazing
First of more than 50,000 people have completed their walk across the new Queensferry Crossing.
The new road bridge over the Forth was closed to traffic in preparation for the official opening ceremony on Monday.
The chance to walk the £1.35bn bridge has been described as a once in a lifetime experience. The new crossing has no pedestrian walkway.
A ballot to choose those taking part attracted 250,000 entries.
Joining the successful ticket holders on the 1.7 mile walk was First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scotland’s Transport Minister Humza Yousaf. Ms Sturgeon believed it right that the public get the chance of an up close and personal look at the amazing structure. Public could see the stunning engineering and views for themselves.
Mr Yousaf talked of the importance of recognising the efforts of the workers who delivered the project in challenging conditions. All under £245m budget.
Official opening will be carried out by the Queen.
The crossing is essentially an extension of the M90 motorway across the Forth with a 70mph speed limit. Although operators said an initial 40mph limit would be in place to take account of driver distraction.
The Queensferry bridge will take most of the traffic that currently uses the 53-year-old Forth Road Bridge. The old one will remain open for cyclists, pedestrians and buses.
Local schools and community groups will be allowed to walk over the structure on Tuesday before it closes to pedestrians.
It has been an exciting venture for the people of Scotland. A lot of hard work done to complete the Queensferry crossing and engineers and workers can be proud.
There will be amazing scenes once traffic starts to roll onto the bridge. It is expected to get packed early in the morning and late afternoons but it will be a perfect crossing. All types of vehicles will be able to travel on the bridge
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