The Queensferry Crossing is under construction and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2016. It will be a cable-stayed bridge with three slender single column towers and will be 2.7km long, including approach viaducts. The road carried by the bridge will have motorway designation.
The Queensferry Crossing bridge deck will carry two general lanes of traffic in each direction and hard shoulders to ensure that breakdowns, incidents and any maintenance works do not cause the severe congestion which is currently experienced on the Forth Road Bridge (FRB).
The hard shoulders also provide the flexibility to carry buses displaced from the FRB during periods of high wind and other forms of public transport should it be required in the future.
Windshielding on the new bridge will protect the crossing from the effects of wind and provide a more reliable corridor, particularly for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs).
See the Forth Replacement Crossing project for more information.