Scottish Secretary says UK Government ready to help Fifers following bridge closure

David Mundell with Fife Council leader David Ross and deputy leader Lesley Laird
David Mundell with Fife Council leader David Ross and deputy leader Lesley Laird

The Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell has vowed to do all within his power to help ease the situation following today’s announcement that the Forth Road Bridge will remain closed until the new year.

Mr Mundell said: “Both in my position as Scottish Secretary and along with Fife Council I stand ready to do anything possible from a UK government perspective to help whether that’s in terms of engineering, advice and support or support on things like traffic management and the rail network.

“Obviously because the bridge is going to be closed for a significant period it’s going to have a huge impact on Fife in terms of people’s ability to travel south. It’s important that we act quickly to see what practical assistance can be offered.”

His comments came after a 90 minute meeting with Fife Council leader David Ross to discuss the current state of the proposed Scotland Bill currently going through Westminster.

As Mr Mundell arrived at Fife House, Scotland’s Transport Minister Derek MacKay was announcing the decision taken by the Scottish Government to close the bridge until the new year after an inspection carried out by specialist engineers found structural damage in what was described as an exceptionally hard-to-access- section of the bridge structure.