‘Schools Out’ for the Queensferry Crossing
Third event devoted to local schools and communities on 5 Sept. The details of a ‘community day’ on the Queensferry Crossing have been revealed.
Following confirmation that the official opening by The Queen will take place on 4 September, and in response to local feedback, an additional 10,000 people from local schools and community groups on both sides of the Forth will have the chance to walk onto the bridge the next day (5 September). Then, from 6 September onwards, the bridge will re-open to traffic, with no pedestrian access.
The event on 5 September is expected to involve 13 schools from within the 6 community council areas immediately adjacent to the project, totalling around 6,000 pupils and staff who have been invited.
This is expected to create an opportunity for each child in the area to become a part of Scotland’s history, thereby offering a real legacy for the next generation. It also builds on a key aspect of the project whereby 23,000 school pupils have participated in the Schools Programme, part of the wider Outreach and Education programme in which 70,000 people have participated.
The third day is in addition to the Queensferry Crossing Experience which will see 50,000 people walk the bridge over the weekend of 2/3 September. The new bridge opens to traffic for the first time on 30 August, prior to closing to accommodate the Queensferry Crossing Experience.
Transport Scotland and VisitScotland also revealed details of additional support for local communities to make the most out of the weekend of celebrations, including funding for South Queensferry and North Queensferry to host events, entertainment, screenings of the celebrations, and a flotilla on the Forth, in the run up to and during the official opening on 4 September.