Open to general traffic, subject to normal motorway restrictionsRoad User Guide
Due to essential works the East footpath is currently closed. The West footpath/cycleway is open for cyclists and pedestrians.Access Restrictions
1873 Thomas Bouch’s first design for a suspension bridge across the Forth presented
1879 Bouch’s design for the Forth Bridge abandoned following Tay Bridge disaster
1882 Design submitted by John Fowler and Benjamin Baker approved
1883 Construction of Fowler and Baker’s cantilever structure began
1885 Last caisson launched
1886 Pier foundations completed
1887 Three towers completed
1889 Cantilevers completed
1890 Bridge formally opened by Prince of Wales on 4 March 1890
"The Forth Rail Bridge combines utility, beauty and nerve-tingling sublimity in equal proportions, and for my money is the finest piece of engineering in existence."
"It is the supermest specimen of all ugliness."