The painting of the Forth Bridge, a job that is famously never finished, is about to come to an end.
Network Rail, which manages the bridge, said contractors will leave the iconic structure in December and will not need to paint it again for 25 years. After 10 years and more than £130m, the bridge will finally be free of scaffolding. The current contract is due to be completed ahead of schedule on Friday 9 December 2011.
New techniques and products are being hailed for the success of the project.
A 200-strong team has been applying a triple layer of new glass flake epoxy paint, which is similar to that used in the offshore oil industry. It creates a chemical bond to provide a virtually impenetrable layer to protect the bridge’s steel work from the weather.