Forth Road Bridge to take buses again

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

The Forth Road Bridge will par­tially re­open to buses to­day.

The 53-year-old struc­ture has been closed since the open­ing of the Queens­ferry Cross­ing last month as prepa­ra­tions were made to turn it into a pub­lic trans­port cor­ri­dor.

The work is now near­ing com­ple­tion and sched­uled buses will be able to use it from to­day.

A con­traflow will be in place for the first few weeks. Other buses, taxis and mo­tor­cy­cles will fol­low in the com­ing weeks.

The cur­rent 40mph speed limit on the Queens­ferry Cross­ing is ex­pected to rise to 50mph soon, with mo­tor­way reg­u­la­tions com­ing into force later in the year.

Traf­fic Scot­land, Amey and Trans­port Scot­land say they are con­tin­u­ing to mon­i­tor the per­for­mance of the new bridge, roads and junc­tions.

Although tourist traf­fic has now dropped off, the ar­range­ments are be­ing kept un­der re­view.

Stage­coach East Scot­land man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Paul Thomas said the phased reopening of the Forth Road Bridge would mean ser­vices X51, X55 and 747 could now serve bus stops at the south of the bridge.

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