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In Pictures: A brief history of the Forth Road Bridge

The crossing will be reopened on Thursday as a public transport corridor.

At its peak, the Forth Road Bridge carried more than 65,000 vehicles across the River Forth every day.

From Thursday, it is expected to take just a few hundred as it is reopened as a public transport corridor.

Opening on September 4, 1964, the bridge was the largest suspension bridge outside of the United States.

Work on the bridge began in September 1958, costing £11.5m (£34,431,940 in 2018).

210,000 tons of concrete was used during the construction and even lead to a tunnel being built below the Forth to make the transportation of goods easier.

Seven lives were lost during the construction.

Water: Cars queuing to take the ferry while the bridge was being constructed.
Water: Cars queuing to take the ferry while the bridge was being constructed. PA

The bridge was originally tolled, first with booths on both sides of the bridge being reduced to just the northbound side in 1997.

A Scottish Government legislation removed all tolls from bridges in February 2008.

The bridge was closed for the first time ever in December 2010, after a heavy snowstorm left ploughs unable to get through.

Building: Work on the bridge began in 1958.
Building: Work on the bridge began in 1958. PA

It was closed again, for three weeks, in December 2015 after a routine inspection noticed some structural damage.

In January and March 2017, the bridge was closed for a day at a time after HGVs overturned while attempting to cross the bridge in high winds.

Cost: The bridge was built for £11m.
Cost: The bridge was built for £11m. PA

Thursday will mark its reopening for walkers, cyclists and public transport users.

The bridge will offer dedicated lanes for buses and taxis and routes for walking and cycling will also be opened, giving pedestrians and bikers a cleaner and quieter crossing, free from car traffic.

The Queensferry Crossing will take on motorway status.

Opening: The Queen's car passing a crowd on the bridge.
Opening: The Queen's car passing a crowd on the bridge. PA

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