Ineos road closure not permanent

Fixed signs do not mean the closure of Bo'ness Road is permanent
Fixed signs do not mean the closure of Bo'ness Road is permanent

Motorists fear a stretch of road closed to allow major work at a petrochemical site will now be permanently shut to traffic.

‘Road Ahead Closed’ and ‘No Through Road’ signs being fixed onto lamp posts on the section of the A904 Bo’ness Road from the roundabouts at Inchyra Road and Wholeflats Road in Grangemouth led to concerns the closure, put in place earlier this year by Falkirk Council, would not be coming to an end in March next year.

Ineos initially applied for permission to shut the road from June 19 to October 30 so it could carry out work on a pipebridge over the road as part of its £300 million ethane supply project. In November they applied for an extension so the road could be closed for a further five months.

The council confirmed this week the road was still scheduled to re-open in March and stated the signs were fixed in place because the temporary signage had been getting blown away in the wind.

Earlier this year Councillor Craig Martin, road team spokesman, said: “We want to see the work completed as soon as possible so the council will visit the site to keep track of how quickly the work is being done.”