THE new Forth road bridge is on track to be completed on schedule and within budget, according to the Scottish Government.
Work has begun on the 820ft central tower and the first sections of the southern approach viaduct are ready for launch, marking the first appearance of the actual deck of the bridge.
Now named the Queensferry Crossing, after a public vote involving 35,000 people, the bridge is due for completion towards the end of 2016 and on current figures is expected to come in at a cost of between £1.4 billion and £1.45bn, down from an earlier estimate of £1.45-£1.6bn.
The construction project has already set a new world record for underwater concrete pouring – a total of 16,869sq m at a rate of 47sq m per hour.
Transport Minister Keith Brown praised the “dedication and hard work of the hundreds of people” employed on the project.