Very Strong Winds Forecast: Expect Additional Restrictions on Friday
3 December 2015
Users of the Forth Road Bridge are warned to be prepared for additional disruption due to very strong winds from mid-afternoon on Friday 4 December through to the early hours of Saturday 5 December. The bridge is likely to be open to cars only during the evening peak period and a full bridge closure is possible around midnight.
Public transport may be affected, with winds forecast in excess of the level at which buses would be permitted to cross.
Hauliers are advised to plan an alternative route.
Car drivers are advised to check the weather forecast and adjust their travel plans as required.
The bridge is also expected to be closed to cyclists and pedestrians for most of the afternoon and overnight.
Mark Arndt, Amey’s Operating Company Representative for the Forth Bridges Unit, said: “Our site-specific weather forecast for the Forth Road Bridge is indicating very strong winds on Friday afternoon that may close the bridge to all vehicles except cars.
“The forecast then shows winds peaking around midnight with gusts that could potentially close the bridge to all traffic.
“We’re grateful to users of the bridge for the patience they have shown during the current traffic restrictions and appreciate that additional disruption due to weather is the last thing they need, however our advice is to keep an eye on the weather and plan accordingly.”
Bridge users are advised to follow @forthroadbridge on Twitter and to check the bridge website www.forthroadbridge.org before travel. For information on the wider network follow @trafficscotland or visit www.trafficscotland.org
An update on the ongoing traffic restrictions due to the discovery of a defect beneath the southbound carriageway will be issued later today.