forth rail bridgeOn Sunday 5 July the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, which is holding its 39th session in Bonn, Germany from  28 June to 8 July 2015, inscribed the Forth Rail Bridge as the 29th UK World Heritage Site and the 6th Site in Scotland.

The UNESCO press release describes the Site as follows:

The Forth Bridge (United Kingdom) — This railway bridge spanning the estuary of the Forth River in Scotland is the world’s longest multi-span cantilever bridge. It opened in 1890 and continues to carry passengers and freight. Its distinctive industrial aesthetic is the result of a forthright and unadorned display of its structural components. Innovative in style, materials and scale, the Forth Bridge is an important milestone in bridge design and construction during the period when railways came to dominate long-distance land travel.

We welcome the Forth Rail Bridge as part of the World Heritage family.


There are currently 1031 Sites on the World Heritage List this is made up of 802 cultural properties, 197 natural properties and 32 mixed properties.

If you want to know more about the 39th Session of the World Heritage Committee please see this link.

To find out more about The Forth Rail Bridge please see this link to the UNESCO World Heritage page for the Site:


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