Forth Road Bridge closed until New Year

Council Leader Andrew Burns responds to today's announcement by the Scottish Government that the Forth Road Bridge is to shut until the New Year for repairs following the discovery of defective steelwork.

Cllr Burns said: “I spoke this morning with the Transport Minister, Derek MacKay, to offer the Council’s full support during the closure of the Forth Road Bridge.

“Plans will be put in place in Edinburgh to ease impact on people travelling into and getting out of our city, and we will take all possible measures to ensure the Capital keeps moving in the coming weeks.

“Flexibility from all sides will be needed and we encourage commuters and employers to allow for plenty of extra travel time and to check regularly for travel updates online and in the media.

“While we plan to take a flexible approach with affected Council staff, our focus will remain firmly on ensuring frontline services continue to run smoothly.”

The Government is preparing a full travel plan for the duration of the closure – including further additional rail services. All other options are being explored including a dedicated bus corridor with park and ride facilities and passenger ferry services across the Forth.

Travellers should check Traffic Scotland for updates and follow @edintravel on Twitter for live traffic news for Edinburgh.

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