Queensferry Crossing – halfway to the top
Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown visited the Queensferry Crossing’s north tower today to view the latest progress in building the new bridge over the Forth.
Mr Brown announced all three towers now stand over half of their final 210 metre height. Speaking during a visit to the tower’s deck platform, over 60 metres above the waters of the Forth, he praised the expertise and hard work of those building one of the most significant bridge projects underway in the world. He said:
“I feel lucky to get such a close look at the tower and deck construction and it’s here that the true size of this structure and the sheer scale of the operation underway to construct the Queensferry Crossing hit home.
“There are now over 1,000 people working on the project in what is a 24 hour operation out on the water. Visiting in the middle of winter reminds us only too well of the harsh and challenging conditions those building the bridge will continue to face before the bridge opens in late 2016.
“The entire scheme has been widely praised as a shining example of good, efficient project management and I am very pleased to report the three main towers now stand over 105 metres - meaning they are over half way to their final height of 210 metres. Not only that, but 10 per cent of the total bridge deck is now in place either side of the towers.
“At the heart of this Government’s Economic Strategy is the importance of boosting competiveness. Well targeted investment in infrastructure is one of the drivers of growth, and can also help to open up economic opportunities for communities and businesses. The Queensferry Crossing is an excellent example of how Government investment is helping to strengthen the wider Scottish economy.
“It’s not just out in the Forth where excellent progress is being made. Work is now underway to construct the north approach viaduct, where the final bridge will land on the Fife side. Assembly of the southern viaduct deck was completed last year and it will be launched into its final position later this year.
“Constructing and upgrading the connecting roads are a huge job in their own right. In fact there are 11 road bridges being built as part of the new approach road and junction on the south side and the significantly upgraded Ferrytoll junction to the north.
“With all of this work underway on a number of fronts I am very pleased to say that the project continues on schedule and under budget.”
*Please note that pictures from Mr Brown’s visit will be available from PA in the early evening of January 27.
- The FRC is Scotland’s biggest transport infrastructure project in a generation
- The Queensferry Crossing is being built on time and under budget
- The current budget range for the project is of £1.35 billion to £1.4 billion, down from £1.45 billion to £1.60 billion in 2011
- The British Chambers of Commerce estimated the additional benefits through supply chain and sub-contract opportunities for Scottish businesses would be worth around £6 billion to the Scottish economy. (BCC press release, February 2010)
- Timelapse video of the construction process is available at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2GKRiYa1SylyQI9QJVXX8A
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