Queensferry Crossing re-opens

Pic Lisa Ferguson  11/02/2020. ''The Queensferry Crossing was closed for the first time since it opened in 2017.
Pic Lisa Ferguson 11/02/2020. ''The Queensferry Crossing was closed for the first time since it opened in 2017.

The Queensferry Crossing re-opened this morning, with bridge operators and weather forecasters now confident that the risk of ice and snow accumulating and falling from the cables has passed.

Operating company Amey have been continually monitoring the bridge since it was closed to traffic on Monday, working closely with weather forecasters and other operational partners to build a more accurate understanding of the specific processes that led to snow and ice accumulating and then falling from the cables. They re-opened the bridge at 10.45am.

More wintry weather is forecast, however proactive monitoring of the bridge will continue throughout this period.

Mark Arndt, account director for Amey, said: “We thank drivers for their patience and understanding during this closure. Safety had to come first, however the data we have gathered has improved our understanding of the issue and will help us to improve predictions and refine operating procedures in future.”