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Forth Road Bridge crossing times for HGVs extended

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The hours during which HGVs can cross the Forth Road Bridge have been extended.

The bridge will now open to HGVs from 23:00 until 05:30 - meaning hauliers will have an additional hour and a half to make journeys.

The bridge was closed to all vehicles for almost three weeks in December after a fault was discovered.

It reopened to cars on 23 December and partially re-opened to HGVs earlier this month.

It was thought the bridge would fully reopen in mid-February but officials have since said it will be mid-March.

Transport Minister Derek MacKay said the extended hours, which were successfully trialled on Monday morning, were another step to fully reopening the bridge to all traffic.

He added: "The HGV trial has been running for more than a week now and our careful monitoring shows that we can now allow more vehicles across the bridge.

"It means that more than 90% of traffic has access to the bridge while the strengthening work is carried-out by our expert team.

"All indications are that we are on track for the full re-opening soon and we will continue to explore options to allow as many HGVs as possible to use the crossing in the meantime."

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