At the end of August 2017, the new Queensferry Crossing opened to traffic.
Over the last couple of years, on my visits to Fife, I have marvelled at this magnificent bridge as it has gradually taken shape. My admiration and respect for its designers and engineers, who have taken this huge project forward to completion, is huge.
Many of our readers, as seafarers, will have sailed up the Firth of Forth under the existing Forth Road and Rail bridges on passage for ports such as Rosyth and Grangemouth. The three bridges represent different designs spanning three centuries – the 19th, 20th and 21st – and together are magnificent to behold. For passengers travelling on the many cruise vessels which visit the Forth, they will present a never to be forgotten spectacle. For the many school children who have visited the new Queensferry Crossing, I hope it will stimulate a great excitement and interest in engineering.
The new bridge was opened to traffic on the 20th August and officially opened by the Queen on 4th September 2017, 53 years to the day after she opened the Forth Road Bridge in 1964. A bridge to be proud of.