Road closures on Forth Road Bridge ran smoothly

Closures were in place all weekend
Closures were in place all weekend

The public has been praised for planning ahead to avoid major road closures around the Forth Road Bridge this weekend.

Demolition works forced thousands of drivers off the main route with diversions in place along the M9, Kincardine Bridge and the A985.

The Forth Road Bridge was restricted to one lane in each direction for local access only, until 6am today, while the A90 and M90 were closed in both directions south of Echline Junction.

Warnings were issued to motorists as lengthy delays were expected but according to Traffic Scotland, the closure of affected roads caused minimal traffic disruptions, with “traffic running smoothly” all day.

A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “We are grateful to the public for planning ahead and taking on board travel advice this weekend.

“The network appears to have coped remarkably well considering the scale of work being undertaken and diversions in place, however we appreciate some further disruption is likely for potentially two of the next three weekends.”

A full closure of the road was required to ensure the safety of road users and workers but officials say the work has been timed to ensure the least amount of disruption.

The spokesman said: “We have co-ordinated with Amey, the operators for the Forth Road Bridge, to schedule essential bridge maintenance works at the same time as the A90 closure to ensure that road users do not face further subsequent disruption in future works with weekend restrictions on the Forth Road Bridge.

“We are also grateful to ScotRail for providing extra coaches on some of their services during the closures.”

The same roads are scheduled to close from 8pm next Saturday evening through to 6am on the Monday morning and again on the weekend beginning Saturday, November 14.