Edinburgh City Council has approved Network Rail’s plans for the Forth Bridge Experience.The council has granted permission for the creation of a single-storey reception hub and car park at the development site at South Queensferry.

Network Rail has also begun the process of appointing a main contractor, with contractors being invited to tender for the project. 

The hub has been designed to minimise the impact on the surrounding environment whilst offering visitors views of the bridge. It will be used for preparing those heading out on the bridge walk as well as providing an access point to the structure.

Forth Bridge visitor centre

Network Rail plans to run guided walks on the iconic structure. Groups of between 12 and 15 people will put on safety harnesses before being led out onto the bridge’s south cantilever, walking up to a viewing point at the top using walkways built into the structure.

Alan Ross, Network Rail Scotland’s director of engineering and asset management, said: “It’s great to see our plans for the Forth Bridge Experience moving forward.

“The team has worked hard to create this exciting design and we’re looking forward to working with the successful contractor to bring these plans to life.”