Traffic Restrictions Continue on Forth Road Bridge
2 December 2015
Traffic on the Forth Road Bridge continues to be restricted to a single lane in each direction, following the discovery of a defect to a steel component beneath the southbound carriageway. This was found late yesterday during routine planned inspection and a carriageway closure is required pending a full detailed inspection.
Engineers and specialists are undertaking a detailed inspection this morning, the outcome of which will inform decisions on whether any further restrictions are required. It is possible that the restrictions will remain in place across this evening’s peak period and we would ask people to take this into account when they are planning their journeys.
Abnormal loads are not permitted to cross while the contraflow is in place.
The footpath/cycletracks remain closed to pedestrians while the inspection is in progress. Amey’s patrol vans at either end of the bridge will transport cyclists who need to cross.
Mark Arndt, Operating Company Representative, said: “We apologise for the short notice to these essential traffic restrictions and are aware that they will result in very long delays, so our advice is to avoid Forth Road Bridge and divert via Kincardine or the A9 and M9, use public transport or travel outwith peak times. We do sympathise with all drivers who face delays, however I’m sure everyone appreciates that safety must come first.
“Drivers did take heed of the warning this morning and we would ask them to check the latest information before they set off on their journeys across the day. Traffic Scotland will have all of the latest information on their website and Twitter feed.
“We’ll provide further updates once our investigation is complete and we have information to share."