The Forth Bridge has come a step closer to being designated as a world heritage site…The Forth Bridges Forum will now prepare a bid for consideration in 2014, with a decision expected the following year.
Once the bids are submitted, they will undergo what has been termed ”a demanding 18 month process of scrutiny and evaluation” by Unesco and its advisory body, the International Council on Monuments and Sites.
Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “The Forth Bridge is a Scottish icon that is recognised the world over.
“We are extremely excited that we have the opportunity to make the case for the bridge being inscribed as Scotland’s sixth World Heritage Site…”
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore said the bridge was “a huge feat of Scottish engineering skill”.
He added: “It was nominated for Unesco World Heritage Status by the UK Government last year, and the fact it has topped the list and can now take its bid forward is good news for Scotland…”
David Simpson, route managing director for Network Rail Scotland, said: “The Forth Bridge is one of the most recognisable bridges anywhere in the world and certainly the most cherished Scottish structure of the Victorian era.
“The bridge has become a source of pride and a symbol of Scotland’s resilience and ingenuity, but we must never lose sight of the fact that it is first and foremost a working structure which still carries over 200 trains a day.
The bridge is a beautiful work of engineering. As it was the first day it opened for service in the Victorian era – as it is, today. A true world heritage site.