Delivering for Scotland #22: Queensferry Crossing
The SNP is committed to the largest transport investment programme that Scotland has ever seen, despite relentless Westminster budget cuts. Perhaps the single most impressive of its achievements on this front has been the spectacular Queensferry Crossing.
The third bridge across the Firth of Forth was officially opened in September 2017, though more than 70,000 visitors from local schools and communities, the rest of Scotland and further afield were hosted across four opening events.
The £1.35 billion marvel is the tallest bridge in the UK and the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world. It required 150,000 tonnes of concrete, 23,000 miles of steel cabling and 19 million hours of labour.
The project wasn’t without its challenges, but despite those it was delivered by the SNP Scottish Government £245 million below budget. Safety was paramount throughout the construction of this structure, which will last for well over 100 years – benefitting generations to come.
As well as improving journey times, the bridge has been a catalyst for employment and business opportunities since work began. Over 15,000 people worked on the site since over the course of its construction, with thousands more indirectly employed and benefitting through the project’s supply chain and its impact since completion.
The crossing, along with the other Forth crossings, is also a tourism destination in its own right – with a ten-year strategy by the SNP government to attract people to the area for a world-class visitor experience. The Queensferry Crossing is much more than a means of travel.
Far more important than the statistics are the benefits this bridge will bring. It will improve journey times, and bring benefits to families and businesses – not just in Fife and the Lothians, but across Scotland.
– First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, speaking at the Official Opening