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Forth Bridge becomes World Heritage Site

[source:Hengsheng Machinery] [author:] [date:2015/7/6 21:15:58]

Forth Bridge becomes World Heritage Site

The Forth Bridge has officially become the UK's 29th UNESCO World Heritage Site.

1436106739_s300-forth-bridge.jpgThe UNESCO World Heritage Committee has recognised the Forth Bridge after it was put forward by the UK government following a joint project with the Scottish Government, partnering with Network Rail, Transport Scotland and Historic Scotland.

The World Heritage Committee praised the bridge as ¡®a masterpiece of creative genius because of its distinctive industrial aesthetic¡¯ and ¡®an extraordinary and impressive milestone in the evolution of bridge design and construction¡¯.

The Forth Bridge is still the world¡¯s second longest single cantilever span and was opened in 1890, clearing the way for a fast rail link between the East of Scotland, Edinburgh and London.

Heritage minister Tracey Crouch said: ¡°It¡¯s fantastic news that the UK¡¯s nomination has led to the inscription of the Forth Bridge. Recognition as a World Heritage Site will draw more tourists to the area as well as making sure one of the UK¡¯s great engineering feats stands for future generations.

¡°The Forth Bridge is an important part of Britain¡¯s shared national heritage, which is why the UK government put it forward as our nomination for World Heritage Site status last year.¡±

Secretary of state for Scotland David Mundell added:  ¡°The Forth Bridge is an iconic piece of Victorian industrial engineering which has a proud place in the UK¡¯s rich culture and heritage. Being recognised as a World Heritage site is a fitting accolade for this bridge which has played such an important part in the lives of Scots for 125 years.¡±

¡°The Forth Bridge joins an impressive list ¨C including the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China plus, closer to home, New Lanark and St Kilda ¨C which have secured the prestigious World Heritage status. I¡¯m pleased that the UK delegation has been able to secure this status for the Forth Bridge.¡±


The full list of sites with World Heritage Site Status in the UK is listed below.