Lighting up the Forth
On Monday 28 August 2017, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met with representatives of the Queensferry Crossing construction workforce to symbolically handover the completed structure from the contractor to the Scottish Government. The moment was marked by an elegant and eye-catching sequence of illuminations, showcasing the Queensferry Crossing to the world as Scotland’s newest icon.
Opening to public traffic
In the early hours of Wednesday 30 August 2017, the Queensferry Crossing opened for the first time to public traffic. Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown MSP, led the first public vehicles across the Queensferry Crossing just after 1:30am.
Walk of a lifetime
On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September, the Queensferry Crossing temporarily closed again to allow 50,000 members of the public the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk across the Forth's newest crossing - the Queensferry Crossing Experience.
On Tuesday 5 September, 10,000 school children and local community groups took their chance to experience walking on the bridge's road surface - viewing the Queensferry Crossing up close.
Royal seal of approval
In between the public walking events, on Monday 4 September, the Queensferry Crossing was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the southern approach, followed by a drive across the bridge where performances celebrating of Scottish music and culture took place on the north side of the Forth.