Photo Project – The Queensferry Crossing
The River Forth is home to two, soon to be three, of the best known landmarks in Scotland and perhaps the UK. These landmarks of course are the iconic Forth Bridge, and Forth Road Bridge. Both bridges are engineering marvels, although perhaps most iconic is the Forth Bridge, a cantilever railway bridge which connects the south-east and and north-east of Scotland. After 7 years of work and the loss of 98 men, the bridge opened in 1890. I’ve always loved these structures they really are amazing engineering wonders.
Now in 2014, work is well underway on the construction of a third bridge across the Forth, the Queensferry Crossing. Work began in 2011 after it was found that the current Forth Bridge was suffering from an 8-10% loss in strength due to the bridge routinely being well over its theoretical operating capacity.
So, I’m not an engineer, and I’m not going to try and explain all the reasoning for the new bridge. What I do want to do is share some photos I took the other day of the bridges and the upcoming Queensferry Crossing. I plan to regularly photograph the development of the bridge as it begins to rise above the water! The bridge is due for completion in 2016 and hopefully this will be a nice journal of the development of the crossing!