New Forth crossing to open on time

New Forth crossing to open on time

Work on the new Forth crossing is nearing completion - and it will cost £1 billion less than first expected.

The structure, which will connect Lothian and Fife, is on course to open to traffic by the end of the year.

Not only is it due to be completed on time, the final bill will be much cheaper than the initial prediction of £2.34 billion.

David Climie, project director for the Queensferry Crossing, says the bill is actually likely to be between £1.325 billion and £1.35 billion.

He adds workers are "absolutely focused" on completing the project before 2017.

The closure of the existing Forth Road Bridge to all traffic in December after the discovery of damaged steelwork has allowed staff to carry out work on surrounding roads during the day, rather than having to do so at night. They have worked more than 10 million man hours on the project so far.

Copyright Press Association 2016. Motoring News articles do not reflect the RAC's views unless clearly stated.