‘Avoid Forth Road Bridge’ motorists warned
20 October 2015
- Road users warned to avoid Forth Road Bridge area from 20:00 on Saturday until 06:00 on Monday
- Bridge will be open for local access only, one lane in each direction
- Extra coaches on Sunday trains across Forth Bridge at key times
- Similar closures scheduled for October 31/November 1 and November 14/15
Road users are warned to avoid the vicinity of the Forth Road Bridge from 20:00 on Saturday until 06:00 on Monday when the A90 and M90 (M9 Spur) will be closed in both directions south of Echline Junction.
The closures form part of the Queensferry Crossing project and are necessary for the safe demolition of the old B800 bridge between South Queensferry and Kirkliston.
The A90 will be closed between Echline Junction south of the Forth Road Bridge and north of Barnton. The M90 (M9 Spur) will be closed from Newbridge to Scotstoun.
The Forth Road Bridge will be reduced to a single lane southbound from 19:00 on Saturday 24 October as traffic management is laid out in advance of the full road closures. From 20:00 a single lane in each direction on the bridge will be open for local access only.
Diversion routes will be via the M9 (A904/5 for non-motorway traffic), Kincardine Bridge and the A985. Local access between South Queensferry, Kirkliston and Dalmeny will remain available. The Forth Road Bridge will remain open to cyclists and pedestrians.
Considerable delays are expected in the vicinity of the Forth during these closures and motorists are strongly advised to use the diversion routes via Kincardine or the A9 and M9.
Public transport options are limited, given buses will be impacted by road disruption, however trains will still be running. A ScotRail spokeswoman said: "We will be adding extra coaches where possible, focusing on the busiest trains on each of the affected Sundays."
Road users are encouraged to avoid the FRB area, plan their journey, make use of the live traffic updates available from Traffic Scotland and utilise public transport if appropriate.
Forth Bridges Operating Company Amey will take advantage of the closures to carry out essential maintenance on the Forth Road Bridge and its approaches, including various inspection and cleaning activities, repairs to steelwork and surfacing, and resurfacing the A90 near Dalmeny. This will significantly reduce the need for additional restrictions at a future date.
Steven Brown, Transport Scotland, Roads and Infrastructure Manager said:
“The team intends to demolish the old B800 bridge over three weekends, avoiding Remembrance Sunday. We will work closely with our contractor to ensure every effort is made to reduce the duration of the closure and to lift the restrictions as early as is possible.
“Our team have liaised closely with City of Edinburgh Council and Transport Scotland’s operating companies to co-ordinate maintenance on the adjacent road network again with the aim of minimising the overall disruption to road users in the area.”