With the sky on fire from the sun setting on a beautiful late winter’s evening, I couldn’t resist the temptation of capturing this wonderful piece of architecture near my home in Scotland.
The Clackmannanshire Bridge is a road bridge over the Firth of Forth in Scotland.The bridge was officially opened by Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond on 28 November 2008. At the ceremony, Salmond said: “This is a world-class infrastructure project which will cut journey times, improve central Scotland connections, and provide a unique gateway to Clackmannanshire, Fife and Falkirk”.
The final cost of the project was £120 million and it is expected that about 20,000 vehicles a day will use the crossing. The bridge deck is 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi) long, weighs 35,000 tonnes and sits on 25 piers which are each filled with 840 tonnes of concrete.
The bridge is positioned in an area where three council area boundaries converge. The north approach road to the bridge leaves from Clackmannanshire, the bridge itself standing in Fife, and the south approach to the bridge is within Falkirk. This means that the span of the bridge is within Fife however it can only be accessed by travelling through either Clackmannanshire or Falkirk council areas. Due to this unique situation a minor row over naming broke out between those local authorities with a vested interest.Clackmannanshire Council voted to suggest “Clackmannanshire Bridge” – even though two other councils, Fife and Falkirk, are involved and no part of the bridge would be inside the Clackmannanshire area. Fife Council responded with “Kingdom Bridge” (referring to the historic kingdom of Fife). Other suggestions included “Wallace Bridge” after Sir William Wallace. Following a public consultation, the Scottish Government announced on 1 October 2008 that the name Clackmannanshire Bridge was to be adopted.
Information found from Wikipedia.
Taken with Olympus E500.