Pedestrians take over new Queensferry Crossing in 'once in a lifetime experience'

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Tens of thousands of people have walked the Queensferry Crossing in a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to cross the new Forth bridge on foot.

The £1.35 billion structure has been taken over by pedestrians for the weekend before being officially opened by the Queen on Monday.

Over Saturday and Sunday, 50,000 of those lucky enough to secure tickets in a public ballot are due to walk across the structure that links Edinburgh and Fife.

The first of those to make the journey set off under blue skies at 9am led by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.

Crossing: Competition winners walk across the Queensferry Crossing during a one-off opportunity to cross the new bridge (PA)

One of the first to cross from north to south was 16-year-old Morgan Lewis-Wilson, one of three generations of his family from East Lothian who were taking part in the experience.

He said: “I ran the second half and I was one of the first people to finish north to south. It was a really amazing atmosphere coming in first with the saltire over my shoulders. It was just brilliant.” 

First Minister: Nicola Sturgeon joined competition-winners (PA)

Cilla and Graham Ferguson, from Dalgety Bay, Fife, dressed up as Toy Story’s Woody and Jessie for the occasion to raise awareness for brittle bone disease, which their granddaughter suffers from.

Mrs Ferguson, 66, said: “What an achievement, what a once-in-a-lifetime, awesome thing to do.”

The ballot for the crossing experience attracted almost 250,000 entries.

Queensferry Crossing (PA)

Local schools and community groups will be allowed to walk over the 1.7-mile (2.7km) structure on Tuesday before it closes to pedestrians.

The crossing will remain closed to traffic until Thursday, with vehicles re-directed back to the Forth Road Bridge during this time.

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