The Scottish Government has come under pressure from MSP’s to extend the number of days the new Queensferry Crossing will be open to the public to walk across, following a motion from Murdo Fraser MSP.
The £1.7 billion bridge is set to open to traffic at the end of August and members of the public will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk across the historic structure on the 2nd and 3rd of September. Nearly a quarter of a million people have applied for tickets, but only around 50,000 were made available, leaving 176,000 people disappointed.
With the bridge already months behind schedule, Murdo Fraser is calling on the Scottish Government to open the bridge to walkers for another day or two, in addition to the current dates on the 2nd and 3rd of September.
Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said:
“There is huge appetite from the public to take the historic first steps across the new bridge. Unlike the Forth Road Bridge, there will be no pedestrian access to the bridge so this will be the only opportunity for many to walk across it.
“The Bridge is already months behind schedule and I fail to see the harm in closing it for an additional 2 days to accommodate those whose names were not pulled from the ballot.”