Storm Ciara hits bridge

Queensferry Crossing closed as falling ice batters motorists

Queensferry Crossing

Crossing closed

Commuters face major disruption again tomorrow after Storm Ciara forced the closure of the Queensferry Crossing.

The £1.4 billion bridge, which was supposed to be able to withstand all weather conditions, will remain shut while further tests are carried out.

Transport officials blamed “unique conditions”, with ice forming on the cables and falling on to the carriageway. Eight drivers reported their vehicles being damaged in Monday’s gales and freezing rain.

Closure of the bridge linking North and South Queensferry will mean a 34-mile diversion for those travelling by car between Fife and Edinburgh. Drivers will be diverted via the A985 to the Kincardine Bridge and the M9.

The bridge’s southbound lanes were closed to all traffic at 5:35pm on Monday. The northbound carriageway was shut at about 8:25pm.

Mark Arndt, account director for operating company Amey, said: “We appreciate this closure will create disruption for drivers. However, we are asking drivers to use an alternative mode or route for their safety due to the continued weather conditions. We will assess conditions and open the bridge at the earliest opportunity once it is safe to do so.” 

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