Strong winds could lead to full closure of Forth Road Bridge

There could be a full bridge closure on Friday. Picture: Ian Rutherford
There could be a full bridge closure on Friday. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Users of the Forth Road Bridge have been warned they could face delays on Friday because of expected strong winds.

Officials say the bridge is likely to be open to cars only during the morning peak period and a full bridge closure is possible around 8am.

Winds are not expected to reach levels that would close the bridge after 10am, however if the bridge does close then inspections may be required before reopening.

Car drivers are advised to check the conditions before travel and adjust their travel plans as required.

Public transport is likely to be affected, with winds forecast in excess of the level at which buses would be permitted to cross from approximately 4am onwards.

The bridge is expected to be closed to cyclists and pedestrians throughout the day, and remains closed to HGVs while repairs to the truss end links continue.

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 morning that are likely to close the bridge to all vehicles except cars.

“The forecast then shows winds peaking around 8am with gusts that could potentially close the bridge to all traffic.”

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