Queensferry Crossing

The Queensferry Crossing has been officially opened by the Queen, after six years of work on the £1.35bn structure.

The Scottish bridge, which carries the M90 between Fife and the Lothians, is the third installment to the Forth crossings.

The Queen said: "The three magnificent structures we see here span three centuries, are all feats of modern engineering and a tribute to the vision and remarkable skill of those who designed and built them."

The tallest crossing in the UK, the Queensferry Crossing was built with 150,000 tonnes of concrete, 23,000 miles of steel cable and 19 million hours of labour.

"But," said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the opening ceremony, "far more important than those statistics are the benefits this bridge will bring. It will improve journey times, and bring benefits to families and businesses – not just in Fife and the Lothians, but across Scotland."

The Queen cut the ribbon 53 years after she opened the Forth Road Bridge. The opening ceremony on Monday (4 September) also featured performances from KT Tunstall and the Red Arrows.

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