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Rennie: Explore alternatives for Forth Road bridge traffic

December 7, 2015 1:28 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie, has today written to the Transport Minister seeking answers to a number of concerns raised by constituents following the closure of the Forth Road Bridge.

Mr Rennie's calls for patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiology to be allowed to cross the bridge have already been heeded by the Transport Minister, Derek Mackay. Mr Mackay has said arrangements have been made to group patients together and escort them in an ambulance over the bridge.

In his letter Mr Rennie raises a number of other issues, including whether trains with additional capacity can run earlier in the mornings and whether the A985 from Cairneyhill to Longannet, currently dedicated to public transport and HGVs, could open to cars out of peak hours.

Mr Rennie said:

"I have been receiving regular updates from the Transport Minister since the Forth Road Bridge closed and I'm grateful to the work of officials and the minister for ensuring chemo and radiology patients can continue to receive their treatment.

"But my constituents have raised a long list of other issues that need to be addressed.

"Trains with additional capacity need to run earlier in the mornings. The A985, which is only open to public transport and HGVs at the moment, could be opened to cars out of peak hours. The flow of traffic across the entire diversion route needs to be improved.

"The Transport Minister must ensure road management arrangements continue to be monitored. They have to be flexible and adapted as this situation continues."