16 August 1958 The bridge will span the Firth of Forth, connecting Edinburgh to Fife. It will replace a centuries-old ferry service
Work will begin within the next two weeks on the first phase of the new Forth Road Bridge. The value of the contract (which has been placed with John Howard and Company Limited) is £2,500,000. The total cost of the work will be almost £17,000,000. The acceptance of the contract, which must be submitted to the Secretary for Scotland, was confirmed after a meeting of the Forth Bridge Joint Board in Edinburgh yesterday.
It was also made known that negotiations have been completed for the contract under which the superstructure will be built. This amounts to £8,660,000, and has been submitted by a group of three firms: Sir William Arrol and Company Ltd, the Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Company Ltd, and Dorman Long (Bridge and Engineering) Ltd.