Rare chance to view Forth Road Bridge anchorage chamber announced

Transport Scotland’s road maintenance contractor Bear Scotland has announced that it is to provide a behind the scenes view of the Forth Road Bridge in Edinburgh next month.

Bear Scotland will take part in the Open Doors Days event on 23 September, which is free but visitors must apply for tickets. One lucky visitor will also have the chance to take a trip to the top of the main 210m tall towers on the bridge.

The 60 minute tours will run every 15 minutes during the event starting with a minibus ride from the bridge office in South Queensferry that will stop at points of interest along the deck before visiting one of the anchorage chambers on the north side of the bridge, where the main cables are anchored into the rock.

Members of the public can apply for places on the tours by visiting www.bearscot.com/doorsopenday. Numbers are limited and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Although the tours are free, Bear Scotland will be using the event to raise money for its national charity partner Alzheimer Scotland.

The Forth Bridges exhibition at Transport Scotland’s Contact and Education Centre will also be open to the public from 9am until 5pm, featuring special exhibits and educational activities. Advance booking is not necessary for the exhibition, or to take a walk across the bridge.

Everyone who attends either a bridge tour or the exhibition will have the chance to enter a charity prize draw the trip for two to the top of the Queensferry Bridge’s main towers.

Bear Scotland operating company representative for South East Scotland Andy Thompson said: “Our guided minibus tours will give the public a rare chance to visit parts of this famous bridge normally hidden from view and to hear from experienced members of staff who have worked on the structure for many years.

“The exhibition in the Contact and Education Centre will be open, so everyone is welcome to come along and find out more about these amazing bridges, whether or not you have a place on a tour.”

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