Queensferry Crossing reopens to traffic

The Queensferry Crossing has reopened to traffic.

Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 10:53 am

Bridge operators and weather forecasters are confident that the risk of ice and snow accumulating and falling from the cables has passed.

The route was reopened to traffic at 10.45am.

It had been closed since Monday night over safety concerns of falling ice and snow after eight vehicles were damaged on the crossing that evening.

The Queensferry Crossing has reopened to traffic.

Drivers have faced a 34-mile diversion via the Kincardine Bridge since the closure began with lengthy tailbacks on all routes to the bridge and on other roads in the surrounding area.

Amey have been continually monitoring the bridge since it was closed to traffic on Monday night, working closely with weather forecasters and other operational partners to build a more accurate understanding of the specific processes that led to snow and ice accumulating and then falling from the cables.

They are now confident that it is safe to reopen the bridge.

More wintry weather is forecast, however proactive monitoring of the bridge will continue throughout this period.

Mark Arndt, Account Director for Amey, said:“We thank drivers for their patience and understanding during this closure.

“Safety had to come first, however the data we have gathered has improved our understanding of the issue and will help us to improve predictions and refine operating procedures in future.”