Belfast Telegraph

Forth Road Bridge set to reopen

By Lynsey Bews

The Forth Road Bridge is to reopen today after interim repairs were completed ahead of schedule.

It will be open from 6am to all vehicles except HGVs, which are not expected to be given access until mid-February.

It was previously announced the bridge, which links Edinburgh to Fife, would be closed until the new year.

Scotland's transport minister Derek Mackay said: "Following rigorous testing and inspection of the temporary repair, experts have recommended the bridge is now ready to open to all traffic except HGVs."

Ministers were forced to close the 51-year-old bridge to all traffic on December 4 after a crack was found in a truss end link during a routine inspection.

A steel splint has been put in to repair the damaged part, with similar splints to be installed at the other seven truss end links which can be done while the bridge is open.

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