A walk-over procession and colourful flags marked the re-opening of the Victoria Swing Bridge in Leith this weekend.

The event marks the completion of specialist works to protect the crossing, which is the largest counterweighted swing bridge in Scotland. The programme included repairs to the pedestrian walkways and carriageway, as well as replacement of the timber decking, steelwork repairs and the painting of the bridge’s famous blue metalwork.

The refurb of the Victoria Swing Bridge was announced in 2021 (link opens in new tab).

The bridge has been protected by Scotland’s highest grade of historic listing since 2014. It was designed by Alexander Rendel and opened in 1874. The construction is wrought iron, timber and steel. It originally carried both road and rail traffic.