The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) People’s Choice Award 2016
The Forth Bridge reopening was voted for by the public as the greatest civil engineering achievement of 2016.
The Bridge was one of 12 nominations from across the UK which have improved people’s lives – protecting homes and businesses from flooding, improving the environment and helping us get from A to B faster and more safely. Other entries included station improvements in Birmingham and Manchester, a 21st Century sewer network for London and flood protection and wetland habitat using waste from London’s Crossrail tunnel.
Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, presented the winners, Transport Scotland and Amey, with the new trophy at a ceremony today at ICE’s UK headquarters at One Great George Street, Westminster. Sir John Armitt, Deputy Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission and ICE Past President, was in attendance at the ceremony.
The Forth Road Bridge carries 70,000 vehicles each day and is a vital connection both for commuters into Edinburgh and between central Scotland and the North and East of the country. Its closure in December 2015 led to a 33-mile diversion for travelling public, creating significant disruption.
Civil engineers worked around the clock to repair the fractured truss-end link which caused the closure. Their expertise and dedication enabled the bridge to reopen to traffic ahead of schedule and in time for Christmas, and later for HGVs, exceeding the public’s expectations.