SAS Rope & Rail were very proud to have been one of the contractors working on the iconic Forth Road Bridge repairs just before Christmas.

Some facts about The Forth Bridge

  • It is a cantilever railway bridge over the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland, 9 miles west of Edinburgh City Centre.
  • It is considered an iconic structure and a symbol of Scotland, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • It is owned and operated by Network Rail and is a key part of the Scottish rail network

In December defective steelwork was identified on the bridge, and a decision was made to shut the bridge until New Year so the repairs could be carried out.  SAS Rope & Rail sent a team of almost 20 Rope Access technicians up to Scotland to work with Amey on the inspections and repairs.

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All the teams working on the bridge, including SAS Rope & Rail, worked around the clock to get the temporary repairs completed as quickly as possible to minimise the disruption caused.   The Transport Minister Derek Mackay said:

“For the complex and detailed interim repair to have been completed in this timeframe is a tribute to the highly skilled and dedicated staff who have worked 24/7 since December 3rd. Since the closure was put in place, weather conditions have been mainly favourable and the team have been able to complete the repair work in good time.”

We are extremely proud of our team for their hard work and dedication, and what’s more, they thoroughly enjoyed the project and have never been so keen to get up on the ropes, despite the chilly temperatures!

Good work boys, we look forward to more exciting projects throughout 2016.

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