This week I attended a briefing on progress on construction of the Forth Road Bridge Project. The key timeline is that over the next year the structure of the bridge will become increasingly visible as it grows across the river.
My colleague Helen Eadie MSP raised the issue of the need to maximise the involvement of Scottish firms particularly given that a major part of the cost will be for steel from China.
I followed up with a question about the number of apprenticeships and training opportunities that would be created for young people locally.
I was also interested to hear about the plans for the longer term to ensure that the local communities are kept fully involved with the project as it progresses. It’s vital that as the project progresses from construction to operation that the communications and dialogue which have been developed are maintained for the future.
Looking to the future, I was also struck by the view from the Forth Replacement Crossing Contact Centre at Ferrymuir Gait. There’s a wonderful panoramic view not just of the new bridge but the existing rail and road bridges. As the campaign for World Heritage Status for the rail bridge gathers pace there’s a fantastic opportunity to promote tourism and to develop an interpretive centre which would be a big economic boost to South Queensferry.