Heritage site bid for Forth Bridge

The Forth Bridge has been put forward as the UK's latest nomination for World Heritage status.

The Forth Bridge has been put forward as the UK's latest nomination for World Heritage status.

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The Forth Bridge has been put forward as the UK’s latest nomination for World Heritage status.

The distinctive red railway structure linking Edinburgh and Fife could join a select group of sites across the world, including the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China, if the bid is successful. Scotland is home to five of the 28 UK World Heritage sites, including the island of St Kilda and Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns. Stonehenge, the Tower of London, and Saltaire have also been awarded the sought-after status.

The bridge has been nominated by UK Culture Secretary Maria Miller and the bid will now be considered by the Unesco World Heritage Committee. At the peak of construction more than 4,500 workers laboured on the 124-year-old bridge, which carries trains more than a mile and a half across the Forth.

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