Forth Road Bridge replacement plans go on the road

The Scottish Executive are taking plans for a replacement crossing for the Forth Bridge, out for public comment. The current Forth Road Bridge, built in 1964, is suffering corrosion in its suspension wires and, if work to stop this corrosion is unsuccessful, it is suggested that it may have to close to heavy vehicles by 2013.

Two final options have been shortlisted for its replacement – a bridge or a tunnel to the west of the existing bridge.
A public information exhibition on the plans opens today at North Queensferry in Fife and in Edinburgh.

Forth Road Bridge
Is the sun setting on the Forth Road Bridge? Closed to all traffic by 2020?

"The Forth replacement crossing will be one of the biggest infrastructure investments ever seen in this country," John Swinney, Finance and Sustainable Growth Secretary commented at the start of the consultation. "It is vital to Scotland's future, and with such an important decision I am very keen to hear people's views on the proposals.

"But if we are to keep Scotland moving in years to come, and achieve our aim of improving economic growth, it is clear that we need the public to help us on more than just the decision on the type of crossing."

When it was opened the lifespan of the Forth Road Bridge was said to be 120 years. If the corrosion issues cannot be addressed, it is feared that heavy vehicles will have to banned by 2013, with full closure in 2020.
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