Forth Road Bridge to close lane this weekend

 Motorists are being reminded to adjust their travel plans as urgent repairs to the Forth Road Bridge will see traffic restricted to a single lane this weekend.

Image: Ian Britton @ freefoto.com

The work was scheduled at short notice after damage was discovered to nuts on the bolts on the bridge’s main suspension cables and will close from 3am to 12pm on both Saturday and Sunday.  

 Drivers are advised to delay their journey, seek an alternative route or use public transport. Barry Colford, Chief Engineer and Bridgemaster, said: “We are sorry for the inconvenience this causes and would like to thank the travelling public in advance for their patience and understanding. Traffic restrictions are necessary for safety while we lift an access cradle and other equipment into place.”

 It is warned that similar restrictions may be enforced on subsequent weekends if there are any delays in the work due to weather. This morning saw the bridge closed to double deck buses due to high winds.

    Follow bridge updates on Twitter: @forthroadbridge