This week, the UK’s tallest bridge finally opens to public traffic more than 2,000 days after the first brick was laid back in September 2011. The new Queensferry Crossing will replace the Forth Road Bridge as the primary road link between Edinburgh and Fife, with approximately 500,000 vehicles due to cross each week.
More than £1.35billion has been spent on the project, which has been described as “one of the worlds’ great bridges” by lead engineer Michael Martin.
Sykes Pumps were heavily involved in the early stages of construction, providing dozens of pumps to ensure that barges carrying bridge sections were suitably balanced via ballasting. Steel sections were then loaded onto the boat two at a time, with 122 separate components required in total.