After questioning from Liz Smith during First Minister’s Questions, Nicola Sturgeon, confirmed that adjustments to the wind shear protection on the Queensferry Crossing would continue until the end of the year, although it is assumed that the bridge will remain open whilst these works are completed.
The First Minister confirmed that three panels had to be replaced after being installed incorrectly. Earlier in the week, news reports claimed that defective panels had fallen into the Forth estuary.
Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP, Liz Smith, has criticised the Government for a lack of clarity over the closure and believes that the Fife economy could be hurt as a result of lengthy delays on the bridge.
Commenting Liz Smith MSP said;
“Wind Shear protection is designed to ensure that the bridge can remain open during windy weather, but there are now serious concerns over the ability of this technology to do its job.
“The First Minister has made it clear that there are no safety concerns over the wind-shear barriers but this would appear to be contradicted by her statement confirming that adjustments will continue until the end of the year.
“Unfortunately, the partial closure of the Queensferry Crossing will result in lengthy tailbacks for travellers and negative consequences for the Fife economy. It would have been good to hear the First Minister show some contrition today rather than trotting out the same old excuses.”