PIANO recitals and wedding receptions could be held in a visitor centre beneath the Forth Bridge, Network Rail revealed today as it launched consultation on the plans.
The firm is seeking views on its £15 million scheme, revealed by Scotland on Sunday two years ago, which includes a viewing platform on top of the north end of the 375ft-high bridge.
Catwalk climbs will also be offered from a reception centre at the south side of the bridge, which could be developed into end-to-end walks.
Network Rail hopes at least part of the project, estimated to attract 360,000 people annually, will be completed by next year’s 125th anniversary of the bridge’s opening.
The new images of the proposals come days after the rail crossing’s bid for World Heritage Site status was lodged.
The visitor centre at the base of the Fife cantilever, or tower, would provide access to a lift to the viewing platform.
The glass walled and roofed building would include a function suite, exhibition areas, catering and a shop
David Dickson, Network Rail acting route managing director for Scotland, said: “We’re currently assessing the early feasibility study and developing a detailed business plan for these proposals.
“The market research study, launched today, will give us more detailed understanding of the potential market for these visitor plans and we’re keen to hear from as many people as possible, whether you’re excited about visiting the bridge or completely petrified by the prospect.
“The images we’ve released provide a bit more of an insight into how we’d like to package visits to the bridge.
“They will be used over the coming weeks to help facilitate discussions with local communities and relevant organisations and interest groups.”