Ramboll: Queensferry Crossing. Image courtesy of Transport Scotland
The Queen has officially opened the Queensferry Crossing exactly 53 years after declaring the Forth Road Bridge open. Accompanied by Prince Philip, on his first public engagement since retiring from solo duties in the summer, the Queen and Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, met with key people involved in the design and construction of the crossing.
After cutting the ribbon the Queen was driven north across the bridge to a reception at the site offices. Admiring the magnificent bridgescape the queen said "The three magnificent structures we see here span three centuries, are all feats of modern engineering and a tribute to the vision and remarkable skill of those who designed and built them."
This new road bridge links Edinburgh with the county of Fife, and stands proudly alongside the world famous Forth Bridge, now a UNESCO world heritage site which opened in 1890, and the Forth Road Bridge, a classic suspension bridge opened in 1964. Nicola Sturgeon said the bridges would “bring people from around the world to admire their ingenuity and their beauty”.
Peter Curran, Design Joint Venture and Ramboll Project Director for Queensferry Crossing commented, “As lead of the design joint venture working for the main contractors, FCBC, I’m immensely proud of the role Ramboll has played in delivering such a landmark structure. We have pushed the boundaries of innovation in its design and have continued working closely with the contractors to optimise its delivery.”