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Forth Road Bridge Closure

04 Dec 2015


  • Buses and coaches being diverted as public transport plays key role in keeping people moving
  • Extra vehicles drafted in to help people take public transport

Stagecoach has provided information for customers using its transport services in Scotland, following the closure of the Forth Road Bridge.

The public transport provider, which runs bus, coach and rail services in Scotland, has contingency plans in place to assist customers with their journeys as public transport plays a key role in keeping people moving during the on-going closure.

Stagecoach East Scotland’s bus and coach services which previously used the Forth Road Bridge are currently diverting via the Clackmannanshire and Kincardine Bridges. However, customers are warned to expect delays due to the volume of traffic also using these diversionary routes. 

Stagecoach has today (Friday 4 December) operated a number of extra buses between Fife and Edinburgh and will continue to do so, wherever possible, to provide extra capacity to enable customers to travel by public transport rather than driving, helping to alleviate traffic congestion in the affected areas.

Customers are able to use both Ferrytoll Park and Ride and Halbeath Park and Ride sites in Fife to leave their cars and take the bus to Edinburgh. 

Scottish Citylink and services which use the Forth Road Bridge are being diverted via the Kincardine Bridge and Stirling, with an associated increase in journey times. Scottish Citylink is also providing additional vehicles where required to try to alleviate congestion and delays. 

Stagecoach’s Regional Director for Scotland, Sam Greer said: “Our services can offer an alternative to driving, and by doing so we can help reduce the high levels of traffic congestion caused by the Forth Road Bridge closure.

“We will continue to take whatever measures we can to help keep people moving during what is a challenging time for all road users in the affected areas. We are keeping in close contact with Transport Scotland to assist where possible and to monitor the latest information regarding the bridge closure.”

Transport Scotland announced last night (Thursday 3 December) that a full closure of the bridge was to be put into effect following the discovery of defective steelwork earlier this week. The decision was taken as a precautionary step after inspections carried out earlier this week showed a fault in the bridge steelwork. 

The latest estimate is that the closure will be in place until the New Year. Transport Scotland is producing a full travel plan for the duration of the closure.