Avoid the bridge again this weekend

Drivers have been thanked for heeding advice to avoid the Forth Road Bridge last weekend - but warned that the same restrictions will be in place this weekend.

Motorists are again urged to avoid the Forth Road Bridge area this coming weekend as essential demolition works are scheduled for October 31 and November 1, 2015.

From 8 pm on Saturday (October 31) the A90 and M90 (M9 Spur) will be closed in both directions through to a latest re-opening time of 6 am on the Monday morning (November 2), to allow for essential demolition works.

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The road closure will be in place between Echline Junction, south of the Forth Road Bridge and north of Barnton at the B924 Dalmeny junction on the A90. In addition, the M90 (M9 Spur) will also be closed in both directions between M9 Junction 1A and the A90 Scotstoun Junction at Queensferry. The B800 and B924 will remain open for local access only.

Diversion routes to cross the Forth for A90 traffic travelling south and north will be via the M9 (A904/5 for non-motorway traffic), Kincardine Bridge and the A985 to Rosyth and further afield.

Diversion routes for traffic travelling north from Edinburgh will be via the M8 and M9 to Kincardine Bridge.

Steven Brown, Transport Scotland, Roads and Infrastructure Manager thanked motorists for staying clear of the area last weekend, but urged people not to be complacent: “Our message ahead of this weekend remains the same – please plan ahead and avoid the Forth Road Bridge area.

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“During the closure, the FRB will remain open for local access only. The Forth Bridges Operating Company (Amey) are again taking the opportunity to undertake some regular and necessary maintenance work on the FRB. A single lane contraflow will again be in place on the bridge for the duration of the A90 closure.”

Public transport options are limited given buses will be impacted by road disruption, however trains will still be running with some trains having additional coaches.

Road users are encouraged to avoid the FRB area, plan their journey and make use of the live traffic updates available from Traffic Scotland and utilise public transport if appropriate.