Economy Secretary Keith Brown has revealed that the Queensferry Crossing will open to traffic on August 30 this year and details of an opportunity for the public to walk across the new bridge have also been announced.
Mr Brown said the key dates are:
- The Queensferry Crossing will open to traffic on August 30, 2017
- The bridge will then close to allow the public to take part in a ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to walk over the new bridge on September 2 and 3;
- There are 50,000 spaces up for grabs through a ballot – the Queensferry Crossing Experience: www.queensferrycrossingexperience.com
- Details of an official opening ceremony to follow;
- The bridge will transition to a motorway once the final public transport links to the north of the Forth Road Bridge are completed. Full details to be provided for road users in the weeks ahead of opening the bridge.
Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland said: “The excitement really is building around the opening of this magnificent feat of engineering – the Queensferry Crossing. We are delighted that a date has now been announced. Scotland will become the world’s first destination to have three bridges spanning three centuries in one stunning location.
“The Forth Bridges are already icons of Scotland, recognised worldwide for their importance, and the addition of the Queensferry Crossing consolidates this global appeal. We very much look forward to welcoming the new bridge to our hearts as we have done with the two bridges before. The opening event is set to be a once-in-a-generation spectacular – good luck to all those who enter the ballot to walk the bridge!”