Tuesday, February 28, 2012

UK - Infrastructure - Rust report offers boost for future of Forth Road Bridge in Scotland

Rust report offers boost for future of Forth Road Bridge

Feb 26 2012 by Mark Aitken, Sunday Mail

A £1.6billion replacement for the Forth Road Bridge will still go ahead – despite experts stopping the crossing from rusting. Engineers revealed they have halted corrosion of the bridge’s suspension cables.But the Scottish Government insist a new crossing is still needed and will open by 2016. A spokesman said: “The Forth replacement is vital to ensure Scotland’s economic wellbeing.” Engineers had warned the bridge, which opened nearly 50 years ago, would have to close to heavy lorries by 2017.

But the new findings suggest restrictions could be delayed until much later. Bridge chiefs are confident that an inspection of the cables, due to start in April, will show no further corrosion. Green MSP Patrick Harvie said: “If correct, this willhighlight the poor decisionthe SNP made to plough ahead with the additional bridge.”

Article Source: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2012/02/26/rust-report-offers-boost-for-future-of-forth-road-bridge-86908-23765336/

Publication Date: 26 Feb 2012

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