Queensferry Crossing to open: Everything you need to know

Henrietta Strickland
August 30, 2017

Standing at more than 200 metres, they are some 50 metres higher than those on the existing Forth Road Bridge or the Humber Bridge.

LATER this week, with only a little fuss, the Queensferry Crossing, Scotland's newest bridge, will open to traffic, writes Andrew Learmonth.

The level of excitement and enthusiasm that continues to build as we near the opening of this crossing on August 30 is inspiring.

In a bid to prevent a pile-up for what is hoped to be a "soft-opening", the authorities will only confirm that the £1.3billion bridge is to open in the "early hours of Wednesday morning".

Linking the Lothians and Fife, the new 1.7 miles (2.7km) Queensferry Crossing is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world.

The bridge closes again over the weekend as 65,000 walkers take part in the Queensferry Crossing Experience.

Rob Jenson, operations director at Royal Mail, said: "We are pleased to honour the opening of the bridge with a postmark". The southbound carriageway will be opened about 45 minutes later. Vehicles approaching the Forth Road Bridge will be diverted to the new crossing.

The existing suspension bridge will be adapted to be used by lighter traffic such as bicycles, pedestrians and public transport.

The bridge will be fully open to traffic for the rest of the day and the following day.

What is Queensferry Crossing's road layout like?

Police will redirect all vehicles back across the Forth Road Bridge.

Queen Elizabeth II will officially open Queensferry Crossing on September 4When does Queensferry Crossing open?

For the first time since his retirement took effect, the Duke of Edinburgh has agreed to accompany the monarch for the occasion.

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will bless the bridge, and the Queen will cut a ribbon on the south side.

A chance for a further 10,000 local people and school children to walk the bridge.

But on Friday 1 September, the Queensferry Crossing will be closed to all traffic until Thursday 7 September.

But once it is fully operational, pedestrians and new drivers will not be able to access the crossing.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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