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Do You Live Near a Notable Bridge? I Live Near the Forth Bridges.

Updated on March 8, 2012


I live in Edinburgh, Scotland and not ten miles from here you will find the Forth Bridges. At present there are two – the famous cantilever rail bridge and the road bridge. There are plans for a third bridge – another road bridge.

The Firth of Forth is a wide estuary running on an east-west axis. Prior to 1890 the only way to get from one side to the other quickly was by ferry – hence the names of the two towns - North and South Queensferry.


calpol25 at the Forth Rail Bridge
calpol25 at the Forth Rail Bridge | Source
Forth Road and Rail Bridges
Forth Road and Rail Bridges | Source
Proposed site of the Third Forth Crossing
Proposed site of the Third Forth Crossing | Source

The Rail Bridge

The Rail Bridge is the most iconic of the Forth Bridges. It was opened in 1890 and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1990 with a lavish celebration. It is a cantilever bridge which is over engineered as it has more supports than necessary to support it. It is a dark red and up until recently was continually painted to prevent corrosion – hence the phrase ‘it’s like painting the Forth Bridge’ when referring to something which goes on and on and on. But now a new layer has been applied which will render the bridge non-corrodible for 30 years, so a new phrase will have to be found!

Building the bridge took 7 years and 98 people lost their lives during construction. It is 1.6 miles in length and was opened in March 1890 by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) who drove in the final rivet (made of gold!).

The Road Bridge

This bridge is a single suspension bridge opened in 1964 by Queen Elizabeth of Scots. It carries vast amounts of traffic every day between Fife and Edinburgh. Initially it was a toll bridge but now the tolls have been abolished after much campaigning. At present there are corrosion problems with the suspension cables and various bolts – these concerns are being addressed but because of these problems and the volume of traffic a third bridge over the Forth has been proposed.

Proposed Third Bridge

A new road suspension bridge has been approved by the Scottish Government. It is hoped that the new, as yet unnamed bridge, will be opened to traffic in 2016/7.


Do you live near a notable or iconic bridge? If so, I would love to hear about it.


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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      You're right - it's supposed to be OK for the next 30 years! So we'll have to get rid of the phrase 'It's like painting the Forth Bridge'!

      I'll have a look at your Hub - sounds interesting.

      Ian.

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      molometer 5 years ago

      I also heard that they finished painting the Forth Bridge a few months ago.

      I may have been misinformed. It was on sky news lol.

      I have a historic bridge nearby me in St.Ives Huntingdon. I have a hub on it.

      It helped to change the UK for a while into a republic! hope you like it.

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Oh! That's so sad - maybe there should be a competition to name your bridge!

      Ian.

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      TheHoleStory 5 years ago from Parsons, West Virginia

      Great hub, and ever better pictures. I live near the bridge with no name. A matter of fact I don't even know the name of the little river that flows beneath the bridge with no name :)

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thank you, Davesworld.

      Maybe notorious would be a better word!!

      Ian.

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      Davesworld 5 years ago from Cottage Grove, MN 55016

      I live near and occasionally drive over one of the ten worst bridges in the United States. Is that notable?

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thank you, Tom - I think maybe you mean the Hawes Inn. You won't have to worry about the painting now for 30 years as they've just finished coating the whole bridge with very long-lasting paint!

      Ian.

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      Tom_Radford 5 years ago from London

      I've stood where this photo was taken, actually I think there was a pub there. Beautiful bridge, mind blowing how long it takes to paint.

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thank you TENKAY.

      Expansion and contraction!

      Ian.

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thank you INF Jay.

      The GGB is indeed impressive and the same colour as the Forth Rail Bridge! I remember walking over it one New Year's Eve in the fog - beautifully surreal....

      Ian.

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      TENKAY 5 years ago from Philippines

      Beautiful and interesting. This made me remember what one college professor said; bridges have one fixed end and the other end is on steel balls or "not fixed". Every time i see a bridge I always look where these steel balls are.

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      Jay Manriquez 5 years ago from Santa Rosa, California

      I live 50 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. I love walking across the bridge on a sunny day! There are 6 other bridges in the San Francisco Bay Area but the Golden Gate is by far the most recognized and impressive of the bunch. Enjoyed your hub.

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      alian346 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      It is impressive!!

      Ian.

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      Callum 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      I loved this hub, even the picture as I still am in awe of the bridge lol :)