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Painters bid farewell to Forth Bridge after 125 years

They have finally finished painting the Forth Bridge – until now considered a never-ending task.

Network Rail reckons that completion of a ten-year £130m refurbishment programme means that the 125 year old bridge will not need to be repainted for another 20 years.

David Simpson, Network Rail route managing director for Scotland, said: “Repainting the bridge has long been considered one of the world’s never-ending tasks, and the refurbishment programme we have just completed has been one of the biggest engineering challenges Network Rail has faced.”

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However, over the coming years a team of specialists and engineers will monitor and maintain the bridge, which is regularly exposed to extreme conditions due to its location above the Firth of Forth.