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Hundreds of people to tour bridge

Anchorage chamber
The anchorage chambers are where the main cables attach the ground

More than 300 people have signed up for special tours of the Forth Road Bridge as part of its first ever open week.

Normally unseen areas such as the anchorage chambers, where the main cables are attached to the ground, will be opened up during the guided tours.

The open week will also feature an exhibition on the bridge's history and the work of the bridge authority, Feta.

It will include the screening of a new film about the bridge and will feature models and exhibits.

Transport Scotland is also contributing displays on the planned Forth Replacement Crossing.

The exhibition, at the Forth Road Bridge office at the South Queensferry end of the structure, is on from noon on Monday until 1600 GMT on Saturday 31 October.

About 50 high school students who are interested in engineering are also being taken up the bridge's towers over the course of the week.

Barry Colford, Forth Road Bridge chief engineer and bridgemaster, said: "We're holding this open week because want to share some of the passion we have for this great engineering structure and show people the work that goes into operating and maintaining it, in all weathers, at all times of day and night.

"The bridge is a defining feature of the communities in which it sets down a foot and we're looking forward to opening our doors to the local community and to everyone else who relies on the bridge."

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