Erskine Bridge September Weekend Works Reminder
Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland, is reminding drivers of essential cable works on the Erskine Bridge this coming Saturday and Sunday of the September Weekend.
Ongoing works have been in place since August and are set to continue into October. The project is necessary in order to protect the long-term integrity of the supporting cables, a key structural component of the bridge.
Peter McCann, Scotland TranServ’s Major Bridges Manager said:
“This could be a particularly disruptive weekend, with many motorists using the Erskine Bridge and A82 to travel north for a short break over the long weekend. On Saturday, the Rangers versus Celtic game Kicks off at 12 noon at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow. We would therefore ask drivers to plan ahead, allow plenty of extra time for their journeys or consider alternative methods of transport.
“This is an essential project that will help protect the steel cables from corrosion for many years to come. Following extensive consultation with Police Scotland, the local authorities and key stakeholders, the decision was taken to work weekends, reducing the impact on commuters and freight traffic using the bridge Monday to Friday. These necessary works were also planned for outwith the tourism peak.”
In order to complete the works as quickly and safely as possible it will be necessary to implement temporary traffic management over the weekends of work only. The health and safety of our workers and of the travelling public is paramount to Scotland TranServ and therefore we will need to close the central lane on each side of the bridge.
Mr McCann continued:
“We would ask drivers to follow Traffic Scotland (@trafficscotland) updates on Twitter for live traffic information and to check latest delays on the bridge before they head out. Over recent weekends they have reported delays in excess of 45 minutes at peak weekend travel times. The potential for added volumes of tourism traffic on the bridge could also extend these delays yet further.”
Works that had been planned for the A82 over the weekend of 30th September and 1st October have been rescheduled. Erskine Bridge contractors Spencer Group and COWI will therefore now work through that weekend, contrary to initial scheduling.