Forth Road Bridge works take two

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MOTORISTS are being warned to expect lengthy delays in and around Queensferry this weekend due to works on the Forth Road Bridge.

Urgent repair work to the bridge’s main cable were scheduled for last weekend but these were cancelled due to high winds which rendered conditions unsafe to lift materials and staff to the height necessary to carry out the work.

The repairs have now been rescheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday, March 18, between 3am and noon on both days. If weather again causes delays, the restrictions will be continued throughout Sunday afternoon and possibly Monday, March 19, from 9am to 4pm.

A decision will be made today (Friday) on whether the work is likely to go ahead but, once again, long delays will be anticipated and anyone planning cross-Forth travel next weekend should take this into account when planning their journeys.

Weekend traffic restrictions will also be required on Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1, and on two further weekends after Easter on dates to be confirmed.

Meanwhile major works are set to begin at Springfield in Queensferry in connection with the Forth Replacement Crossing.

As from next Monday, March 19, Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC), the contractor working on the Forth Replacement Crossing principal contract on behalf of Transport Scotland, is set to start major excavation works at Echline Corner.

Work will begin in the vicinity of the walkway on the boundary of Springfield and Clufflat to divert high voltage overhead electricity cables to underground. This will require an excavation of nearly 10 metres in depth with associated heavy plant in the area and lorries to haul excavated materials from one side of the walkway to the other.

In order to carry out this work and for health and safety reasons, the walkway is to be closed to members of the public. They will, however, still be free to use the area between the temporary fence and Clufflat/Springfield.