Queensferry Crossing: new video showcases busy 2015

Queensferry Crossing. File picture: Greg Macvean

Queensferry Crossing. File picture: Greg Macvean

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New video provides unique perspective on the progress being made to build the new crossing over the Forth.

Transport Scotland have today released a new video including some unique drone footage of the construction work to build the Queensferry Crossing.

Some of the areas of significant progress and featured in the video include:

• Deck lifting 31 per cent of Cable Stayed Bridge deck in place since lifting started in September

• Concreting completed on all three towers

• Rebar fitted and deck concrete pouring underway at South Viaduct

Looking out over the Forth now, it is hard to remember what it was like before the Queensferry Crossing started to emerge from the water.

Keith Brown

• As featured in the video - North Viaduct assembly completed - 5,500 tonnes of steelwork welded, painted and temporary works installed

• Piers N1 and N2 completed ready for 220 metre continuous launch of north viaduct early in the new year

• B800 diverted on to new bridge over A90 and old bridge demolished and removed

• Final road surfacing of the main carriageways has commenced

• Ferrytoll Viaduct complete

• A90 realignment progressing

In addition the project continues to engage with local communities and schools to keep the public up to date with progress as well as to engage people and build a legacy from the project. This year the ‘Frame the Bridge’ campaign launched with nearly 700 public and staff submissions being made to the online mosaic. The project education and outreach programme also marked a hugely significant milestone with the 10,000 school pupil attending one of the dedicated sessions for school pupils.

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure Keith Brown said:

“It seems a long time since 2011 when construction work on the bridge began. Looking out over the Forth now, it is hard to remember what it was like before the Queensferry Crossing started to emerge from the water.

“During 2015 the progress in building the new bridge has been much more noticeable to passers-by the higher above the water the bridge has grown. This past year is possibly the one that people will have noticed the most - the towers have gone up and it is now the tallest bridge in the UK, the deck is stretching out from each of the towers, the south viaduct is reaches out towards the main crossing and will soon be joined by its twin on the north side.

“This new video provides some fantastic footage showing the Queensferry Crossing in a new and unique way. It’s also very clear the progress that is being made as we look forward to 2016 and the final year of construction.”