Fife Council is taking a number of measures to try to mitigate some of the difficulties caused by the closure of the Forth Road Bridge.
Council leader David Ross spoke with Derek Mackay, Scottish transport minister, earlier today (Friday), and the local authority is working with the Scottish Government to lessen the impact of the bridge’s closure where possible.
Councillor Ross said: “To support the increased impact on the trunk roads, which are the responsibility of the Scottish Government, we have cleared all roadworks from surrounding areas and have teams on stand-by to ensure our road networks are kept running.
“At present we have identified and dealt with immediate issues within Fife but there is on-going dialogue with representatives from Scottish Government, Transport Scotland, Emergency Services, NHS Fife and other organisations to plan for the coming weeks.
“We are identifying areas where we can increase parking around stations and network hubs. Parking restrictions will be relaxed in these key areas and our parking attendants will be on hand to assist motorists at peak times.
“We would ask that everyone recognises the difficult situation and that motorists ensure that their vehicles are not causing an obstruction or a danger to other road users.
“Parents in south west Fife and west Fife villages need to be aware that some bus services could be affected by traffic congestion. Depending on traffic, journey times could be increased.”
Transport Scotland has confirmed that additional rail capacity is being put in place and a full travel plan is being prepared for the duration of the closure.
This will include further additional rail services. All other options are being explored, including a dedicated bus corridor with park and ride facilities, and passenger ferry services across the Forth.
The Scottish Government’s Resilience Committee will continue to meet over the weekend and further updates will be provided through a dedicated Transport Scotland webpage for travel information www.transportscotland.gov.uk/news
Councillor Pat Callaghan, executive spokesman for environment and transport, added: “In the meantime, we are asking people to carefully consider their travel plans and whether or not journeys are necessary.
“Check conditions before setting out, refer to the Transport Scotland web page, and look at options like car-sharing and public transport alternatives.
“Emergency vehicles will still be able to use the Forth Road Bridge in bluelight situations.
“We are working closely with the Scottish Government to do everything we can in Fife to mitigate the impact on local communities, services and businesses.
“This is an unprecedented situation and I’d ask everyone to be patient while this necessary work takes place.
“We will continue to keep people updated as more information becomes available.”