Rennie calls for publication of bridge contingency plans

Fife MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has called on Transport Scotland to publish its contingency plan and its bridge inspection regime following the full closure of the Forth Road Bridge.

It was confirmed today that the bridge will be closed until the New Year.

Commenting, Mr Rennie said:

“People living in Edinburgh and Fife now face the prospect of weeks of disruption. This is the last thing that we needed to see in the run in to Christmas. Safety must come first, but this extended closure will cause huge inconvenience and impact on families and businesses alike.

“We need to be reassured that everything is being done to manage the disruption as best possible. That starts with the publication of Transport Scotland’s full contingency plans.

"We must assume that Transport Scotland had a detailed plan for when the bridge would close for extended periods of time. This would cover issues like additional train carriages, diversion routes, communication with the public and so on.  Considering the length of this closure I think it is only right that users of the bridge are able to examine the plan.  That's why I am calling for it to be published today.

"We also need to know how we have ended up in a situation where we have been forced to close the bridge for weeks on end while extensive repairs are carried out. I do not doubt the commitment and skill of the engineers working on the bridge but if things were missed, we need to know about it. This starts with the publication of the inspection regime."

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