The Queen will officially open the Queensferry Crossing on 4 September, after which an additional 10,000 people from local communities will walk the new link across the Forth.
The additional ‘community day’ allowing people from local schools and community groups to walk across the bridge is on top of the original two-day Queensferry Crossing Experience, when 50,000 members of the public will walk across.
The Queensferry crossing opens briefly on 30 Ausugst
Transport Scotland said the ballot for the first two days attracted almost 250,000 entries.
First minister Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘It is very fitting that the Queensferry Crossing will be officially opened by the Queen, exactly 53 years to the day from when she opened the Forth Road Bridge. Importantly, this celebratory event will recognise the thousands of people who have been involved in the construction of the new bridge.
‘The Queensferry Crossing is a symbol of a confident, forward-looking Scotland and – as well as providing a vital transport connection for many years to come – it is a truly iconic structure and a feat of modern engineering.
She added: ‘I am pleased that we are able to respond to that demand with an extra day being set aside for pedestrian access so that more people from the local area, particularly young people, can enjoy this historic occasion.’
The new bridge actually opens to traffic for the first time on 30 August, and will then close on 2 and 3 September for the Queensferry Crossing Experience.
The Queen will officially open the new structure on 4 September, followed by the extra ‘community day’ crossing the next day. From 6 September the bridge will re-open to traffic with no pedestrian access.