RAILWAY bosses have released images of proposals to open the Forth Bridge to visitors and take them to the top of its 110-metre (360ft) towers.

Network Rail hopes its proposed £15 million Forth Bridge Experience would make it one of Scotland's major tourist attractions.

It proposes building a visitor centre on the North Queensferry side connected by step-free ramp to two lifts which would whisk visitors to the top of the bridge. The visitor centre would also offer education and exhibition facilities, catering, Forth Bridge-themed retail and a special function venue.

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Plans for the South Queensferry side are a visitor reception centre which would be the starting point for guided bridge walks. The route would pass along the south approach viaduct on a path underneath the track, followed by a climb to the top of the southern Queensferry tower using a walkway.

Network Rail is inviting the public to give their views on an artist's impressions of the proposals. David Dickson, Network Rail acting route managing director for Scotland, said: "We're keen to hear from as many people as possible, whether you're excited about visiting the bridge or completely petrified by the prospect."

The reception centre on the South Queensferry side would be a short walk from Dalmeny station. More information can be found at www.forthbridgeexperience.com.