Bridge restrictions could get worse due to high winds

The bridge will be shut until the New Year.

The bridge will be shut until the New Year.

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Drivers have been warned to expect further delays on the Forth Road Bridge, this time due to high winds.

Traffic restrictions have been in place on the bridge since Tuesday evening following the discovery of a defect to a steel component beneath the southbound carriageway during a routine inspection.

An update on those restrictions is expected later today.

And now drivers are being warned to be prepared for additional disruption due to very strong winds from mid-afternoon on Friday, December 4 through to the early hours of Saturday, December 5.

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