After the excitement of the Queenferry Crossing opening to traffic for the first time, there is a packed programme ahead to celebrate the momentous engineering achievement.
Friday September 1:
Early in the morning the Queensferry Crossing will close to all traffic.
Police will redirect all vehicles back across the Forth Road Bridge.
The Queensferry Crossing will remain closed until the early hours of Thursday September 7.
Saturday and Sunday September 2 and 3:
About 50,000 members of the public, who were given tickets after a ballot, will get a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ chance to walk over the new bridge.
There is a full guide to the days at www.queensferrycrossingexperience.com/faqs.
Monday September 4:
The Queen will officially open the Queensferry Crossing. She will be joined by the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will bless the bridge, and the Queen will cut a ribbon on the south side.
The ceremony, with activities taking place at both sides of the bridge, will also include:
- A welcome address by the First Minister
- A specially commissioned poem read by Scotland’s Makar
- Live performances showcasing a cross-section of Scotland’s rich musical talent
Tuesday September 5:
There will be a chance for a further 10,000 locals and school children to walk the bridge.
Thursday September 7:
The bridge will reopen to traffic, with no pedestrian access.
The initial speed limit will be 40mph.
However, after work has been completed to adapt the Forth Road Bridge, public transport will be switched back to the old bridge and the
Queensferry Crossing will become a 70mph motorway.