Forth Bridge repair plan unveiled

Forth Bridge repair plan unveiled

Engineers have revealed their plans to fix the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland, which was closed to all traffic after a crack was discovered.

However, bridge operator Amey says the repair is only temporary and not a long-term solution.

A team of engineers have been working round the clock to develop a solution to fix a crack on one of the bridge's truss end links.

The repair will involve the shear truss end having metal splints attached to either side of it.

The Scottish Government took the decision to close the bridge, which connects Edinburgh to Fife, earlier this month after the crack was found during a routine inspection.

The closure of the bridge, which carries around 70,000 vehicles a day, has been causing misery for motorists, with reports of huge tailbacks on alternative routes.

The bridge is expected to open to traffic again in the new year, although the timescale for the repairs will depend on the weather, according to Amey.

Scottish Transport Minister Derek Mackay revealed last week that the faulty section of bridge that caused the closure had been part of cancelled works on the bridge in 2010.

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