Cyclists and Pedestrians to Use West Footpath
27 January 2016
From this afternoon cyclists and pedestrians should use the west footpath on the Forth Road Bridge, while the east footpath will be closed to the public as it becomes a construction site for ongoing repairs to the truss end links.
This change is necessary as work progresses on additional repairs at the north east main tower leg in order to allow HGVs to use the bridge again. HGVs have been restricted from using the bridge since one of the truss end links was found to have failed in December 2015.
Chartered Engineer Mark Arndt, Amey's Account Director responsible for the bridge said: “We’re doing everything within our power to get HGVs back onto the bridge as soon as possible and I’m pleased we’re now ready to begin construction work at the north east main tower above deck level.
“This does however mean that it is necessary to close the east footpath to cyclists and pedestrians for their own safety and to avoid causing delays to these urgent repairs.
“Work is progressing on a number of fronts and it is likely that access arrangements will change again before these repairs are concluded. I’m grateful to all users of the bridge, especially HGV drivers, for their patience and understanding.”