I was very excited when I found out earlier this year that I had been selected from the ballot to receive a pair of tickets to walk over the Queensferry Crossing.
The PREP: Ahead of the day we received a great pop-up 3D invitation along with our photo ID passes. We were told our allocated start location (one of a series of travel hubs) and time. We were warned that parking was limited at each of the travel hub and encouraged to use public transport were possible. In your personal online account, you could see basic travel information to reach your hub, including recommended public transport routes. This was a useful start, but I did find myself needing to do a lot of additional research to work out the best option to get to our hub on time. I was worried that a lot of people would be heading to the same hub as us and that buses would be full or roads busy. In the end, it turned out my worries were completed unfounded. We jumped on a Lothian Country number 43 bus, with hardly any other passengers on-board. We enjoyed the scenic bus ride and used Google maps to know when to get off before walking the 5 minutes to our start point. I’d left so much extra time (just in case) that we were quite early but were allowed straight on to the event buses to be taken to the start of the walk.
The Crossing EXPERIENCE: We thoroughly enjoyed our hour walking across the 1.7-mile-long bridge in the Scottish sunshine. There were plenty of people around us, but you never felt like you were stuck in the middle of a packed crowd. We enjoyed trying to get some unusual photographs and stopping to take a moment to recognise the feat of engineering we were standing on. It was brilliant to experience being one of the 50,000 people taking part. Now that the bridge is open, it forms part of the motorway network so it’s unlikely that others will be able to walk across in the future.
What NEXT: Having walked across the new Queensferry Crossing, I am keen to take a walk across the old Forth Road Bridge. This will now be closed to most vehicles other than buses, low-power motorbikes, bicycles and pedestrians. It would be great to see the old Road Bridge being used innovatively in the future. Perhaps the space could be redesigned to encourage more walking, jogging and cycling, or for other activities to benefit the local communities to the north and south of the bridge.