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In numbers: The construction of the Queensferry Crossing

A rainbow is seen as cables are placed on a section of the new Queensferry Crossing bridge on a barge ready to lift into place (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)
A rainbow is seen as cables are placed on a section of the new Queensferry Crossing bridge on a barge ready to lift into place (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

THE last section of the new Queensferry Crossing is being lifted into place, completing the 1.7-mile link across the Forth.

Here are some key statistics relating to the construction of the bridge over the Forth.


It will be 207 metres (683ft) above high tide, the equivalent to approximately 48 London buses stacked on top of each other, and 50 metres (25%) higher than the Forth Road Bridge.

The new Forth crossing (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
The new Forth crossing earlier this year (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Around 150,000 tonnes of concrete will be poured during its construction, nearly the same amount used for the entire London Olympic Park and Athletes Village.

The main structure of the new Queensferry Crossing, over the Firth of Forth, which will be completed when the final section of the bridge is lifted into place (Jane Barlow/PA Wire)
The main structure of the new Queensferry Crossing, over the Firth of Forth, which will be completed when the final section of the bridge is lifted into place (Jane Barlow/PA Wire)

 

The steel for the bridge deck weighs 35,000 tonnes, the equivalent weight of nearly 200 Boeing 747 airliners.

Nicola Sturgeon, visits the site of the New Forth Crossing at South Queensferry (Ian Jacobs)
Nicola Sturgeon, visits the site of the New Forth Crossing at South Queensferry (Ian Jacobs)

The construction project uses 23,000 miles of cabling. Laid out, this would nearly stretch around the globe.

On the deck (Leeza Clark)
On the deck (Leeza Clark)

Construction will involve approximately 10 million man hours.

Queensferry Crossing at Sunset, November (Chris Austin / DC Thomson)
Queensferry Crossing at Sunset, November (Chris Austin / DC Thomson)

The overall Forth Replacement Crossing scheme is 13.7 miles long, including major motorway upgrades to the north and south of the bridge.