Decision expected in July

Forth Bridge close to World Heritage status


forth BridgeThe Forth Bridge is close to becoming Scotland’s sixth World Heritage Site.  A decision will be made afer a meeting at the end of next month in Bonn, Germany.

Draft committee notes of the World Heritage Committee include a decision to inscribe the Forth Bridge as a World Heritage Site, giving the strongest signal yet that the Bridge is in line for a place on UNESCO’s list.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: “The Scottish Government is delighted that UNESCO has published its draft decision to inscribe the iconic Forth Bridge as a World Heritage Site, which would be Scotland’s sixth site on the list.

“Together with Network Rail, Transport Scotland and the other partners in the Forth Bridges Forum, Historic Scotland has prepared a compelling nomination which presents a strong case for the Bridge’s Outstanding Universal Value.

“This is accompanied by a management plan which outlines how the Bridge will be maintained in the future, together with ways in which the benefits of World Heritage inscription can be maximised.”

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