As the world’s longest three-tower cable stayed bridge, the Queensferry Crossing is a feat of modern engineering. The crossing will open to traffic on 30 August and will be officially opened by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on 4 September. You can read our facts on the Queensferry Crossing.
When is it opening?
Wednesday 30 August
In the early hours of the morning, the Queensferry Crossing will fully open to traffic in both directions. Police will put in place a rolling roadblock to stop traffic driving across the Forth Road Bridge and will redirect them across the Queensferry Crossing.
The northbound carriageway will be opened first. The southbound carriageway will be opened shortly after. The bridge will be fully open to traffic for the rest of the day and the following day.
Friday 1st September
Early in the morning, the Queensferry Crossing will close to all traffic. Police will redirect all vehicles back across the Forth Road Bridge. It will remain closed until the early hours of Thursday 7th September.
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September
About 50,000 members of the public, who were given tickets after a ballot, will get a “once in a lifetime” chance to walk over the new bridge on Saturday and Sunday. All places have no been allocated.
Monday 4th September
The Queen will officially open the Queensferry Crossing in the morning. She will be joined by the Duke of Edinburgh. There is no public access to view the official opening.
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will bless the bridge, and the Queen will cut a ribbon on the south side.
Tuesday 5th September
A chance for a further 10,000 local people and school children to walk the bridge (all places have been allocated)
Thursday 7th September
The bridge will re-open to traffic, with no pedestrian access.
The initial speed limit will be 40mph but after work has been completed to adapt the Forth Road Bridge public transport will be switched back to the old bridge and the Queensferry Crossing will become a 70 mph motorway in the autumn.
Reproduced courtesy of Transport Scotland