Bridge traffic flow contract signed

A Northern Ireland-based firm has won a contract to create a smart transport system for the new Forth road project.

John Graham (Dromore) will develop the "intelligent transport system" to help control traffic flow on the bridge. It has received a sum of £12.9 million from Transport Minister Keith Brown to devise it.

The contract covers the Fife section of a 14-mile corridor, from the M9's junction 1 at Newbridge to the M90's junction 3 at Halbeath.

The new system will also offer minute-by-minute information to motorists through messages on signs.

Mr Brown said: "This important traffic management system will assist with traffic congestion, providing road users with traffic, lane and mandatory speed control information, improving road safety and helping improve journey time reliability across the Forth.

"It is also gratifying to note that the successful tender competition has resulted in a substantial saving on the anticipated cost of £15 million to £22 million, and provides excellent value for money for the public purse.

"This is the second of three major contracts to be awarded for the Forth Replacement Crossing scheme, which will not only safeguard our vital infrastructure link but is also essential for Scotland's continued sustainable economic growth."

The Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors consortium was named the preferred bidder to build the bridge in April.

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