Friday, August 21, 1998 Published at 13:07 GMT 14:07 UK
On track for protection
The bridge is a feat of modern-day Scottish engineering
The Forth Rail Bridge, parts of Manchester and a railway line between London and Bristol are among sites listed by the government as proposed "wonders of the world" deserving official United Nations recognition.
The areas were among 32 sites across the UK and dependent countries suggested by Culture Secretary Chris Smith for possible inclusion in the UN's list of World Heritage Sites.
It also includes Liverpool's commercial centre and waterfront, Manchester and Salford's Ancoats, Castlefields and Worsley districts, the Lake District, Kew Gardens in London.
Also listed are Londonderry's Walled City, Gibraltar Fortress and the Fountain Cavern in Anguilla in the West Indies.
Such sites have UN protection from development.
The UK already has 17 recognised sites, including Stonehenge and Fountain's Abbey.
Mr Smith said: "I want to see our outstanding sites achieve the international recognition they deserve, and I want to ensure that they are cared for and presented to people in the best way possible." "It was felt that emphasis should be given to the UK's industrial heritage and global influence."