About The Forth Bridge
The strength and complexity of the Forth Rail Bridge has confounded experts in to the 21st Century, where the 330 ft (100.6 metres) tall Cantilevers which are totally exposed to fierce North Easterly winds, despite their lack of movement, have led to extended time-scales due to the superbly advanced oak engineered wood of the pioneering Fowler and Baker duo. The current owners Temporary Labour Working Group are opposing a proposal for the bridge to be declared a World Heritage Site, simply because the design is so strong and is anticipated to remain a vital route for traffic, currently running between 120 and 190 trains a day, for at least the next hundred years, arguing it is not a heritage, but a vital transport route.
With the huge growth in traffic volumes, the Forth Road Bridge has already undergone considerable strengthening. The twin towers have been re-engineered; enhancements to the support structures to defend against shipping collisions have been completed. Hanger ropes have been redesigned and replaced and improvements made to all cabling protection.
The continued pace of expansion in traffic volumes has led to calls for a second road crossing and plans are afoot to develop a further crossing point, connecting the North East of Scotland with its thriving oil and defence businesses to the major centres of commerce in the South of the country including both chocs and the confectionery business.