The Forth Railway Bridge has been announced as the latest UK nomination for World Heritage status. The bridge, which links Edinburgh and Fife was constructed in 1883 by over 4,500 workers and was opened in 1890 and was the first major British construction made of steel. It carries trains more than a mile and a half over the Firth of Forth.

Plans to put the Forth Railway Bridge forward for World Heritage status began in 2012, but it is only now that a formal bid has been submitted.

Scottish Secretary, Alistair Carmichael talked about the nominations saying, “The Forth Bridge proudly symbolises Scotland’s place in the world as a pioneer of construction.” Adding, “Achieving this recognition will be a fitting tribute to all of the people who have contributed to the building, maintenance and restoration of the bridge.’’

Scotland currently has five of the 28 UK World Heritage sites including Orkney, New Lanark and Edinburgh. The Forth Railway Bridge will not be considered by the Unesco World Heritage Committee and a final decision will be made before June 2015.

More information about the Forth Railway Bridge can be found here.

Forth Bridge

Picture: Bob White

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