Comment: ‘£15m Forth Bridge plans truly exciting’

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It is a world famous marvel of Victorian engineering. And if the plans unveiled today come off, it will soon become a world-famous
visitor attraction.

The £15 million plan to create an exhibition space and a fabulous great glass elevator on the Forth Bridge is truly exciting.

Given that it is already a tourism magnet, exploiting its potential in this way looks like a real money-spinner.

You only have to look Down Under at the success of the Sydney Harbour Bridge walks – now a must-do activity for every Antipodean tourist – to realise what a success it could be.

By the time this plan comes to fruition, the Forth Bridge will be 125 years old. Since it was built, only maintenance workers and the lucky few have been able to examine this masterpiece close-up and enjoy the stunning views of Edinburgh, Fife and beyond on a clear day.

Let’s hope everyone gets behind the plans and designs are produced which are sensitive to the world heritage site bid while at the same time offering the best possible visitor experience.

With all the publicity over a certain other bridge on the Forth, it is nice to think the first crossing is getting some special attention. It could become something really special.