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MSPs support new Forth crossing

Plans to build a new Forth road bridge have been backed by a special committee of MSPs set up to scrutinise the plans.

They supported the Forth Crossing Bill, which parliament needs to pass before work on the £2bn project begins.

The Holyrood committee also rejected objections to the overall legislation, but said some specific concerns would be taken forward.

The new crossing would be built by 2016 if approved by parliament, with construction beginning next year.

The plans, described by the Scottish government as the biggest transport infrastructure project in a generation, were brought forward in the wake of concerns about the deteriorating condition of the existing 45-year-old road bridge.

The public has also been asked for its views on continuing to use the current bridge for public transport only, when the new crossing opens.

The Scottish government is planning to fund the cost of the bridge, which links Edinburgh and Fife, through its capital budget.

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