New jobs will be created in North Queensferry from the construction of the Forth Replacement Crossing (FRC).
Although Transport Scotland has announced that the steel needed for the work will come from out with the UK, the local community here is set to benefit.
No Scottish firms bid to supply the huge amount of raw steel required by a project of this scale, but the final assembly stages of the steel components will be carried out on site at the new plants in North Queensferry as well as Rosyth and South Queensferry.
The construction will see over 37,000 tonnes of steel delivered to these three new fabrication plants.
This aspect of the work will support around 100 jobs locally as well as generating substantial further opportunities for local support industries and contractors.
Minister for Housing and Transport, Keith Brown, said: “This construction will support over 1,200 new jobs and protect up to Scottish 3,000 more that would otherwise be at risk if the current Forth Road Bridge had to close without a replacement crossing in place.
“It will also deliver hugely valuable employment opportunities for school leavers, graduate engineers and those currently out of work.
“Every year until its completion in 2016, the construction will deliver 45 vocational training positions, 21 professional body training places and 46 positions for the long term unemployed, as well as providing further scope to maximise modern apprenticeship opportunities.
“The project is on schedule and within budget to open in 2016 and will safeguard a vital link in the country’s transport infrastructure.”
Carlo Germani, FCBC Project Director, said: “The Forth Replacement Crossing is one of the most significant infrastructure projects under construction in the world today and I am very pleased we have managed to secure world class contractors for the supply of this steelwork.