Big progress on Scotland’s largest project

HD broadcast quality timelapse video showing some of the highlights of this year’s construction is available at:
the download link for this video is:

An audio clip from Transport Minister, Derek Mackay is also available here:

Since construction began in 2011 much progress has been made in delivering the new crossing over the Forth, with the past year being the most visually striking on the project to date. Highlights include:

• 10 per cent of cable stayed bridge deck installed
• Main towers rising to over 90 metres in height
• South approach viaduct pushed out 450 metres.

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure Keith Brown said:

“The Queensferry Crossing has really started to take its place alongside its illustrious neighbours during 2014.

“Last December, I reported that the first sections of the south approach viaduct were ready to be launched. The viaduct is now fully assembled and has been pushed out over 450 metres, with only one further pier to cross before reaching its final full length of 543 metres.

“Looking back it is hard now to remember when so little of the towers could be seen as they began to emerge from their foundations. Now they each stand over90 metres high really demonstrating the solid progress that has been made on the job.

“The towers themselves passed the level of the road deck in the summer which allowed the first four sections of the bridge deck to be placed on each tower. Meaning that 10 per cent of the cable stayed steel deck has already been put in place, as we enter the final two years of the project.

“The work of Taklift 6, a huge 125 metre tall floating crane capable of lifting 1,200 tonnes, provided another spectacular moment of engineering on this scale. In just two months the crane had put in place the temporary steel, first deck sections and the range of other equipment on each of the three main towers.
“The progress made this year really helps everyone visualise what the final bridge will look like and demonstrates an inspiring example of civil engineering coming off the drawing board and into real life.

“Currently around 1,200 people are employed on the project and their hard work and dedication, often in a very challenging environment is to be applauded as the project remains on schedule and as announced earlier this year by the First Minister is now £195 million under the original budget at the start of construction.”

Notes to editors


• The Forth Replacement Crossing (FRC) is Scotland’s biggest transport infrastructure project in a generation
• The budget range for the FRC was reduced from the revised budget of £1.4 billion to £1.45 billion in September 2013 to a new budget range of £1.35 billion to £1.4 billion in October 2014
• Queensferry Crossing’s three main towers have risen to over 90 metres during 2014
• South approach viaduct has been pushed out from 0 metres to 450 metres during 2014
• 12 deck sections each weighing over 250 tonnes of raw steel have been placed on each tower (four per tower) during 2014
• Temporary steel frames to support the deck along with deck erection travellers (used to install the remaining deck) have been placed during 2014
• The new Queensferry junction has been opened in both directions to traffic
• Work on upgrading Ferrytoll junction is well underway and the new B981 road to North Queensferry has been opened during 2014
• HD broadcast quality timelapse video showing some of the highlights of this year’s construction is available at: http://youtube/AO_NQgCHUEI the download link for this video is:

Contact Transport Scotland Communications: 0141 272 7195

Published 29 Dec 2014