Forth Bridge given World Heritage Site status

UNESCO today (Sunday 5 July) announced that the Forth Bridge has been awarded World Heritage Site status. It becomes Scotland’s sixth site and Edinburgh is the only area of the country with two sites.

Councillor Andrew Burns, Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council, gave his reaction to the news which was announced in Bonn, Germany at a meeting of the World Heritage Committee.

He said: “I’m delighted that the Forth Bridge has been accepted by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It’s an internationally recognised symbol of the achievements of late 19th Century engineering - and remains one of the best known bridges in world.

"Having a second World Heritage Site within our city boundaries is a real coup for Edinburgh - and, indeed, for Scotland."

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