Queensferry Passage ferries on River Forth.

Ferries that operated on the River Forth.

Welcome to this web site which contains details of the ferries that operated on the Firth of Forth on the route was called the Queensferry Passage. The ferries operated between North Queensferry and South Queensferry.

The Bruce

The ferries were making 40,000 trips a year and carrying 900,000 vehicles. It was becoming increasingly difficult for the ferries to cope with the volume of traffic that had increased over the years.

After many years of debate on whether or not to build a road bridge over the Forth it was finally decided that a bridge was required and work on its construction started in 1958. The Forth Road Bridge which replaced the ferries in 1964 had 4 Million crossings in its first year increasing to an annual figure of approximately 24 Million.

The Forth Road Bridge was designed to carry only 11 million vehicles annually, with this figure constantly being exceeded the construction of an additional bridge across the River Forth was considered necessary, construction started in 2011. Both the Forth Road Bridge and the new bridge called the Queensferry Crossing were officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II. The Queensferry Crossing was opened in 2017 exactly to the day 53 years after the Forth Road Bridge.