Avic­ti­mof over-op­ti­mism

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, - What should we make of the de­ci­sion to close the Queens­ferry Cross­ing to south­bound traf­fic from Thurs­day for an es­sen­tial re­pair (Courier, Novem­ber 28)?

It now ap­pears that those who said that the project could be com­pleted by the end of 2016 were lu­di­crously op­ti­mistic.

In fact dur­ing that year I felt that the Scot­tish Govern­ment would press for a St An­drews Day open­ing in a fan­fare of pub­lic­ity.

It now ap­pears that St An­drews Day 2017 would have been a more re­al­is­tic timescale.

How­ever, I don’t think MSPs Murdo Fraser and Alex Cole-Hamil­ton, who have been among those most stri­dent and vo­cal in their crit­i­cism, can moan too hard about this.

They were as cul­pa­ble as any­one in press­ing for in­for­ma­tion about a com­ple­tion date.

This mat­ter has be­come a po­lit­i­cal foot­ball for too long, vir­tu­ally ever since the ven­ture started.

With the ben­e­fit of that most ex­act science – hind­sight – it would have been much bet­ter if the politi­cians had sim­ply left this to the en­gi­neers.

Nev­er­the­less, we should still take enor­mous pride in this marvel­lous feat of con­struc­tion.

Mean­while, we can only hope that by the turn of the year both road bridges are help­ing achieve some­thing close to an op­ti­mal traf­fic flow. Bob Tay­lor. 24 Shiel Court, Glen­rothes.

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