Fife Council highlights the benefits of the new bridge
The new Queensferry Crossing spanning the Firth of Forth is set to further improve journeys along one of Scotland’s busiest transport corridors and secure Fife’s economic future.
That’s according to Fife Council, which says the completion of the £1.35 billion bridge later this summer will see a whole host of direct benefits for the Kingdom, including improved transport links, reduced commuting times and greater connectivity with the surrounding areas.
Co-Leader of Fife Council David Alexander said: “The Queensferry Crossing is a key infrastructure project for Fife, and is a key economic driver for our local economy and productivity.
“Improved infrastructure and better transport links between cities and regions is good for local people, communities, businesses and visitors. I look forward to seeing Fife companies – both large and small – benefit from this infrastructure investment, both immediately when it becomes operational, and in the years to come.
“From actively driving investment, to developing a highly skilled local workforce, Fife Council is working hard to make the region a great place to live, work, visit and to do business.”
Cllr Altany Craik, Convener of the Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said: “Major infrastructure investments are important to pushing forward our vision for the region as a vibrant economy where its business environment inspires people to create jobs.
“Modern business infrastructure is central to economic development and regeneration. Fife Council is committed to supporting two important City Deals – both the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Deal and the Tay Cities Deal. A key part of these involves driving forward additional infrastructure investment to address the connectivity needs that businesses have.
“Productivity, innovation and skills development, along with improved infrastructure, are all set to boost growth and prosperity for the local economy.”
Benefits of the new crossing (according to the Council):
Increased accessibility – journeys across the Forth will be faster and more reliable, and travel disruptions due to congestion, accidents, breakdowns and the weather will be greatly reduced.
Improved connectivity – access will be improved to key investment sites, industrial land and business parks across Fife, including:
Gateway Rosyth, an international port with a proven track-record in complex project mobilisation and delivery, it is a world-class location for marine, energy, logistics and engineering businesses. With easy access by road, rail, air and sea, Rosyth is Scotland’s gateway to the world.
Queensway, Glenrothes, a well-established business park that is set to feature new industrial units available by the end of 2017, and is home to the UK’s largest datacentre.
John Smith Business Park, a thriving centre with land available for hotel, restaurant and office development and first-class connectivity, including close proximity to the A92, and Kirkcaldy town centre being approximately a five minutes’ drive.