Thursday, 31 March 2016

Knitted Cable To Save Forth Bridge

Engineers Need Ewe


Wool this project set a precedent?

We have been asked to help in the search for a crack team of knitters by engineers at the Forth Road Bridge. They need volunteers to help with an ambitious project which could secure the future of the bridge for years to come. Plagued with structural problems in recent times, a knitted cable is to be made that will support the bridge deck and prevent further damage. A specially spun yarn from sheep in the Highlands has been designed to be strong enough to hold the weight of cars and lorries crossing the bridge.



Sceptics have accused engineers of "woolly thinking"

Senior Engineer Mhairi Knowles said, "We are combining innovative technology and age old craft skill to create this giant cable. It's the first time such an ambitious project has been attempted anywhere in the world." 

Drivers were severely affected by delays in December last year when the bridge was forced to close for four weeks. A long diversion was put in place and bridge bosses were tasked with finding a solution. When finished the cable will be almost 100m long and is expected to take the team six weeks to complete. Anyone interested in joining the project should get in touch to apply, by writing to the following address:


Sheep Dept.
Forth Road Bridge
South Queensferry
EH30 9SF

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