Forth Road Bridge to open to HGV’s, at night, northbound and weather permitting

Forth Road Bridge is open to HGV's but has restrictions in place
Forth Road Bridge is open to HGV's but has restrictions in place

HGVs must wait even longer to cross the Forth Road Bridge as the full re-opening has been delayed by a month.

However, it is not all bad news as a phased re-introduction started yesterday (Thursday).

Around 600 HGVs are allowed to cross the bridge, northbound, between 11pm and 4am nightly, subject to weather conditions.

Transport minister Derek Mackay said: “Every effort is being made to carry out the repair work as quickly as is possible.

“When the strengthening works are complete the bridge will re-open to HGVs with no restrictions.”

Information gathered from the bridge shows that the phase two work needs to be completed before the bridge can open fully.

The strengthening work needs to be completed, but the relaxation of the restriction to HGVs will help mitigate the impact of the closure without causing stress to the structure.

Road Haulage Association chief executive Richard Burnett is not happy with the news.

He said: “Since the closure of this vital crossing in December, the financial impact on the thousands of hauliers has been massive.

“The Scottish Government must find the funds to compensate those operators who, through no fault of their own, have found themselves out of pocket for several months.”