New video of Forth Road Bridge to celebrate birthday

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By Oliver Farrimond

THE ICONIC Forth Road Bridge has released a stunning video clip to celebrate the 45th anniversary of its opening tomorrow.

The two-and-a-half minute YouTube film features archive footage of the bridge being built, and time-lapse photography showing the bridge rippling as traffic passes over it.

The bridge – revered by engineers the world over as a classic of design – is built to accommodate large volumes of traffic in all types of weather.

As traffic passes over it, it flexes and bends to cope with the heavy load.

Forth Road Bridge

Tony Martin, vice-convener of Forth Estuary Transport Authority, said: “This video provides a fascinating snapshot of the Forth Road Bridge which has captured the imagination of everyone who has seen it.

“The bridge is a Scottish icon, admired by bridge engineers worldwide for its elegant proportions and efficient design.

“It’s a tribute to the bridge’s workforce and management that the structure has reached this milestone in such good condition, and that it continues to form such a reliable link in Scotland’s road network.”

The history of the Forth Road Bridge will be celebrated with an Open Week from 26 – 31 October when a public exhibition will staged at the bridge offices in South Queensferry.

On Saturday 31 October, tours of the bridge will be available, including a rare opportunity to visit the cable anchorages.

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