FRESH concerns have been raised over the monitoring of work being carried out on the new Forth Crossing.
Residents across Queensferry and the surrounding area voiced fears this week over the impact the construction works is already having on their community.
Among the concerns raised include: a new access to Echline Fields from the Bo’ness Road just yards from the main access from the A904; HGV movements prior to 9.30am and after 4pm; works starting onsite before 8am; vibrations to households caused by the works; dust being blown from the construction site onto nearby homes; and the standard of air quality monitoring equipment at Echline and Springfield.
However, Transport Scotland says it is in regular talks, and is determined to minimise the impact on locals.
The concerns were heard when over 50 residents attended a meeting on Monday organised by the Bridge Replacement Interest Group, a body set up to monitor the ongoing and impending works on the south side of the Forth.
With locals already concerned over dust and noise pollution from the construction site at Echline at this early stage, they now fear the worst when the project gains momentum in the months and years ahead.
Meanwhile, residents in neighbouring Kirkliston too have had to contend with major noise and vibrations issues on their doorstep while works are carried out at the M9 Junction 1a, along with extra traffic volume and dirt.
Doug Tait, chairman of BRIGS, said: “As we have always said our role is to monitor and share knowledge with the community with regard to works on the Forth Replacement Crossing. While we already compiled an extensive list of concerns, it was very important to hear the additional comments and concerns from members of the public who took the time to attend.”
This week when we gave Transport Scotland (TS) the opportunity to respond to residents’ concerns; project manager Lawrence Shackman said: “Effective community engagement is an important objective for the Forth Replacement Crossing project and we are determined to minimise and mitigate any unnecessary disruption and inconvenience that may be caused by the construction of this essential project.
“We have established regular community forums for the project that allow representatives from local community councils and residents’ organisations to engage directly with Transport Scotland and the contractors we have appointed to deliver the project.”
With regard to concerns over the new access on the Builyeon Road, the Transport Scotland spokesman said: “This access has been discussed through the Traffic Management working group and the city council and is currently considered to be for the duration of the project.”
In response to deliveries made outwith agreed hours, the spokesman said deliveries either side of these times are for the safe and efficient operation of the construction works as permitted by the FRC Code of Construction Practice (CoCP). With regards to dust pollution he added: “Dust monitoring equipment is in place – there have been no complaints received to date about dust blowing from Echline Field.”
TS added there is a Freephone Project Hotline (0800 078 6910) to raise enquiries and complaints and a contact email address at enquiries@forthreplacement crossing.info
Members of the public are invited to attend the South Community Forum meeting at the Rosebery Hall next Wednesday, at 7pm.