Forth Bridge, Scotland

At 1.5 miles long, Forth Bridge is the largest rail structure in Scotland and carries both passenger and goods trains over the Forth Estuary.

For the first time in the bridge’s history, we undertook the huge task of painting the entire 53,000 tonne bridge, which stands 110 metres above the Estuary. The works were delivered by a workforce of approximately 400 people whilst the bridge remained in use with up to 200 train movements a day.

The unique restoration works were carried out in partnership with Network Rail and was one of the largest tasks of its kind. The team used innovative scaffolding techniques, encapsulation methods and a high tech three coat system - commonly used in the offshore oil industry.

The restoration project, completed in 2012 returned the bridge to its original condition. Today, we continue to deliver maintenance works on the bridge.

Charitable donations

In partnership with Network Rail, Balfour Beatty has helped to raise over £222,500 for the children’s charity Barnardo’s Scotland, which supports children and young people locally in Fife, Edinburgh and more widely across Scotland.

‘Your View 19’, a unique fundraising event held at the iconic Forth Bridge, has enabled thousands of people from across the world to ascend the UNESCO World Heritage Site.


litres of paint applied to the surface of the bridge


raise in charitable donations