The Forth Road Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Firth of Forth, from Edinburgh (at South Queensferry) to Fife (at North Queensferry). Opened by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in 1964, it replaced a centuries-old ferry service that carried vehicles and pedestrians, while rail crossings were made on the Forth Bridge.
At 2.5km long with a main span of 1006m, it was awarded Historic Scotland's Category A listed structure status in 2001. The two main towers are distinctive with their 'St Andrew's Cross' cross-bracing, and support the majority of the suspended span's weight. They were strengthened in the 1990s to allow for the increased weights of heavy goods vehicles. The two main cables pass the load back down to the ground and are anchored into the rock on either shore.
Opened in 1964, the existing bridge had a planned life of 120 years, but very quickly the theoretical capacity was being exceeded. It was designed for up to 11 million vehicles per year, but this was at 23 million vehicles by 2006.
In 2007 the decision to build a replacement bridge was made and in 2008 it was announced that the existing bridge would be kept as a public transport link.
You can enjoy a scenic walk across the Forth Road Bridge with terrific views up the Firth of Forth, the Forth Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing.