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High winds studied on road bridge

A lorry was blown over on the bridge in January
A lorry was blown over on the Forth Road Bridge in January

The problem of strong winds disrupting Forth Road Bridge traffic is being studied by the bridge's operators.

It follows two lorries being blown over on the crossing in recent months.

The gusts have closed the bridge to high sided vehicles this winter for a total time equivalent to seven-and-a-half-days.

The working group is looking at improved forecasting, better signs and prosecuting drivers who ignore the restrictions.

Forth Estuary Transport Authority (Feta) convener Tony Martin said there was no easy solution.

He said: "In recent months there has been a large increase in the number of vehicles having to be turned away by police during high winds.

"This causes severe delays for bridge traffic and gridlock in South Queensferry.

"However, these restrictions are absolutely necessary for safety and to minimise bridge closures caused by vehicles overturning.

"Relaxing these restrictions would only lead to more closures, so better prevention and enforcement must be the key."


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