Cavalcade marks opening of bridge

A new £120 million bridge that runs for three quarters of a mile over the Firth of Forth has been officially opened.

The Clackmannanshire Bridge connects with the A876 on the south side of the Firth to alleviate pressure on the nearby Kincardine Bridge.

First Minister Alex Salmond marked the opening by leading a convoy over the 32,000-tonne structure. An electric car and cyclist crossed the 26-span bridge, which connects the Wee County to the M9 which links Glasgow and Edinburgh. The bridge will offer an alternative to the often-congested Forth Road Bridge which links North and South Queensferry to the west of Edinburgh.

Mr Salmond met schoolchildren at the event, which also included roads officials and the managing director of contractors Morgan Vinci. The bridge was named after the local authority - Scotland's smallest - following a campaign backed by thousands of people.

Improvements to the connecting trunk road network have also been carried out, with 3.6 miles of roads and three miles of cycleways being constructed, as well as new roundabouts.

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