Thursday, May 13News For London

Travel Disruption as Forth Road Bridge Closes for Repairs

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Forth Bridge Road. (Photo credit: www.edinphoto.org.uk)

 

Travels were disrupted Monday morning following the closure of Forth Road Bridge in Scotland for repairs.   

Commuters took to social media to vent their frustration. Some also said trains at Inverkeithing were full and unable to take on more passengers this morning.

The bridge was closed to traffic on Friday to enable engineers to fix problems in the inner link support beam and a crack in the structure.

As at 9:45am on Monday, disruptions remained on the #A907 heading towards Gartarry Roundabout and #A977 from Forestmill towards Gartarry Roundabout, Transport Scotland tweeted.

According to ScotRail, more than 100,000 people use the bridge over River Forth on a weekday. “We are aware of the “significant disruption to people and businesses in the local area and across the East of Scotland. We are continuing to work with all our partners to minimise the impact where we can.” ScotRail said on its website.

ScotRail said it had added 6,500 seats to routes between Fife and Edinburgh. 11,000 spaces have also been made available on park and ride buses.

Authorities have also announced measures to help those seeking medical care in Edinburgh during the closure. The Scottish Ambulance Service tweeted: “Forth Road Bridge–If you have any questions about travelling to a hospital appointment in Edinburgh, call the NHS advice line 08000282816”.

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Tweet from the Scottish Ambulance

 

Traffic Scotland reroutes commuters in a tweet.
Traffic Scotland reroutes commuters in a tweet.

 

Busy Stations

Commuters shared their experiences this morning on social. A woman told the BBC the first two trains at Inverkeithing left “without even opening their doors because the trains were already full”.  Another commuter said: “The trains were a lot busier and it was more difficult getting a seat. It would be nice to see a few more carriages”. Others said, the experience was not too bad.

 

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The Transport Minister, Derek Mackay said he would be at the traffic control centre today. He tweeted; “Will remain in the national traffic control centre throughout the day on multi-agency response.”

The bridge is expected to be opened to traffic in the New Year. The Transport Minister told the BBC, “as it stands” the work should be finished in early January.

Transport Minister's tweet
Transport Minister’s tweet