World Heritage Bid for Bridge

A bid will be made for the Forth Bridge to gain UNESCO World Heritage Site status, after the Bridge topped a Tentative List of 11 UK nominations. If the bid is successful, the rail bridge will become Scotland’s sixth World Heritage Site — a great boost for Fife in terms of prestige and tourism.

I believe this recognition has been a long time coming. The Forth Bridge is famous around the world as an icon of Scotland and of pioneering Scottish engineering. We should never forget that it was designed and built without the benefit of computer-aided design and manufacturing, or so many of the methods we now take for granted. Read more of this post

S4M-03121: Forth Bridge World Heritage Site Status Bid

That the Parliament notes that the Forth Bridge has been selected as the first of only two UK sites to be submitted for UNESCO World Heritage Site status after the iconic bridge topped the recent UK tentative list of 11 proposed sites; considers that the Forth Bridge is recognised around the world as an emblem of Scotland and of pioneering Scottish engineering and thus richly deserves World Heritage Site status; notes that the Forth Bridge was designed and built generations before the advent of computer-aided design and manufacturing; believes that World Heritage Site status would be a tribute to everyone who has worked on the Forth Bridge over its 130-year history, particularly to the 73 men who died building it, and eagerly anticipates the announcement expected in 2015 as to whether World Heritage Site status will be granted.

Supported by: Mike MacKenzie, Kevin Stewart, Fiona McLeod, Liz Smith, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, John Mason, Stuart McMillan

Date Lodged: 30/05/2012

World Heritage Status Bid for Forth Bridge

The Forth (Rail) Bridge is the first of only two UK sites being submitted for UNESCO World Heritage status, after the iconic Bridge topped the Tentative List of 11 UK nominations, followed by the Gorham’s Cave Complex in Gibraltar.

MSP Bill Walker, whose Dunfermline constituency is just a short distance from the Bridge, said he was hopeful it would be recognised by UNESCO. Read more of this post

Forth Rail Bridge Bid for World Heritage Status

Network Rail has agreed to support a World Heritage Site status bid for the Forth Rail Bridge, in a move welcomed by Bill Walker, SNP MSP for nearby Dunfermline. Previously Network Rail had failed to support the bid, meaning it could not go ahead. Read more of this post