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Derek Mackay: 'Bridge crack not caused by cancelled work'

The Scottish government has said that the closure of the Forth Road Bridge is unrelated to a work plan which was cancelled five years ago.

Transport Minister Derek Mackay had been asked by Scottish Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone whether the cancellation of work on the bridge's truss links, as noted on the Public Contracts Scotland website on 25 May 2010, had played a part in the fault discovered in the steel structure which prompted the closure last week.

The transport minister said Forth Estuary Transport Authority, who were responsible for bridge maintenance at the time, could not have foreseen the present problem and had decided not to proceed with the works.

The infrastructure and capital investment committee will deliberate on ordering an inquiry into the matter.

  • 09 Dec 2015
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