Go Forth and have your say ...

An artist's impression of the new centre. Picture: comp
An artist's impression of the new centre. Picture: comp

Fifers have been invited to give their opinions on Network Rail’s proposed ‘Forth Bridge Experience’ visitor centre.

Railway bosses have released images of how the multi-million pound project could look and are asking people to give their views on what would be one of Scotland’s top tourist attractions.

Visitors could access the bridge via a bridge walk and climb to the top of the southern Queensferry tower from a visitor reception centre at South Queensferry.

At the North Queensferry side a panoramic lift and viewing platform would be accessed via a visitor centre situated directly beneath the northern Fife Cantilever.

David Dickson, Network Rail acting route managing director for Scotland, said: “We’re currently assessing the early feasibility study and developing a detailed business plan for delivery of these proposals.

“The market research study will give us more detailed understanding of the potential market for these visitor plans and we’re keen to hear from as many people as possible, whether you’re excited about visiting the bridge or completely petrified by the prospect.

“We look forward to developing these plans further in the coming months at which point we’ll have a better idea of the delivery timescales.”

The North Queensferry proposals would see visitors arriving via a landscaped shore side walk at a visitor centre building created under the northern Fife Tower, which would also offer education and exhibition facilities alongside catering. The centre would be connected by a step-free ramp to two panoramic elevators on the eastern side of the bridge, providing access to a viewing platform located dramatically at the top of the bridge, 110m above sea level.

The South Queensferry proposals envisage a visitor reception centre from which guided bridge walks for groups of up to 15 people begin.

The walk route would pass along the south approach viaduct on a pre-existing walkway underneath the track, followed by a climb to the top of the southern Queensferry Tower using a walkway within the top cantilever.

The reception centre would be developed on Network Rail owned land underneath the southern approach span, just a short walk from Dalmeny Station.

To find out more about the proposals and to complete the survey, visit www.forthbridgeexperience.com.