Network Rail has commenced the process of appointing a main contractor to construct the new Forth Bridge Experience reception hub.
A main contractor is expected to be appointed by the end of this year and work on-site is anticipated to begin next year.
Network Rail expects to shortlist firms for the project later in the summer.
A Prior Information Notice (PIN) has been issued for the project.
Network Rail intends to build a new hub at the bridge where the public will be able to access the structure and explore its heritage as well as enjoy the views from 367 ft (110m) above sea level.
This project will see construction of a reception centre and car park on the south side of the UNESCO World Heritage site.
The hub will be used for those heading out on the bridge walk as well as offer access point to the structure.
Network Rail Scotland programme manager Gerry McQuade said: “The reception hub is the staging post for our bridge walk experience which will offer the public a unique chance to explore this world-famous structure.
“This will be a challenging and exciting project for any company to work on and we look forward to working with the wider construction industry to develop a shortlist to tender.”
Meanwhile, Network Rail announced that work will commence soon on re-decking the railway bridge on Nithsdale Road as part of the Barrhead electrification project.
This work forms an important phase within the Barrhead electrification project as well as part of wider plans to decarbonise passenger services on Scotland’s railway by 2035.
The bridge will be raised and re-decked to create the space needed to erect overhead powerlines beneath the structure.
As part of the electrification works, the nearby footbridge between Moray Place and Darnley Road also requires to be replaced.
Image: Network Rail expects to shortlist firms for the project later in the summer. Credit: Network Rail.