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The Forth Road Bridge is totally closed...

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cashewnutty Fri 04-Dec-15 07:23:42

...what a nightmare that is going to be.

I live in Fife and DH works in Edinburgh. He gets the train but now they will be mobbed. Not good for businesses as a whole. The Kincardine Bridge will be mobbed and the roads around there are not great.

I hope they fix it soon.

SerenaJoy Fri 04-Dec-15 07:34:19

I hope so too! DH uses the FRB although doesnt have to go that way today. I heard a rumour (and that's all it is!) that it might be closed for up to 3 weeks. If that's the case it will be mayhem shock

ginmakesitallok Fri 04-Dec-15 07:36:57

I heard that rumour too Serena. Scot rail are saying that they aren't guaranteeing travel from fife 😯

SerenaJoy Fri 04-Dec-15 07:37:59

Great service from Scotfail as usual!

RoseDog Fri 04-Dec-15 07:39:37

My dp has just drove from Grangemouth to Dundee leaving Grangemouth at 6 and says the roads are mad with traffic this morning compared to the rest of the week!

cashewnutty Fri 04-Dec-15 07:41:52

Closed for three weeks!!! That is awful. Especially with the people trying to go Christmas shooing/added deliveries that this time of the year brings.

AuntieStella Fri 04-Dec-15 07:44:42

I've just heard this on the UK national news (I'm not in Scotland).

They said that it will be closed for 24 hours. So perhaps more news on extent of problem and how long to fix it later today?

SerenaJoy Fri 04-Dec-15 07:56:01

Yes AuntieStella, there will hopefully be more info later. A commenter on the article I read said the emergency services had been told three weeks, but could all be rumour so take that with a big pinch of salt!

ginmakesitallok Fri 04-Dec-15 07:57:47

Feck, I hadn't even thought about delivery issues....

tilliebob Fri 04-Dec-15 08:11:27

It's a total nightmare and really shows how we take the FRB for granted. We have 3 colleagues who come over to Fife to work every day who are facing a much longer journey to work. DH goes over the FRB to work but luckily isn't on shift again until next week.

Some of the comments on FB are just ridiculous - like the powers that be want it to be closed, it's for safety reasons FFS.

cdtaylornats Fri 04-Dec-15 10:29:25

Delivery could be a real problem as Amazon has a fulfilment centre in Dunfermline.

RoseDog Fri 04-Dec-15 10:35:08

I am at the right side of the bridge for amazon delivery but dont have any plans to buy anything from them.

Whatdoidohelp Fri 04-Dec-15 10:37:08

Amazon are definitely going to be hit by this. I feel for all the people who commute to he opposite side of the bridge, what a nightmare.

AuntieStella Fri 04-Dec-15 11:24:15

Oh dear, just had a news pop up saying it'll be closed until into the New Year following discovery of defective steel work.

AuntieStella Fri 04-Dec-15 11:31:09

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-35001277

HuckfromScandal Fri 04-Dec-15 12:18:45

Shut for 3 weeks!!
This is going to be a logistical nightmare. I live in Perth and work in Edinburgh at least once a week.

SauvignonPlonker Fri 04-Dec-15 12:28:05

Nightmare! I'm community-based NHS, living in Edinburgh & working in Fife. DP works away down south, no family support nearby, really dreading the next few weeks.

SerenaJoy Fri 04-Dec-15 13:16:56

It's just unbelievable! I know safety has to come first but it's going to cause problems for so many people shock

Lyndie Fri 04-Dec-15 13:22:49

Oh dear I won't be able to go to the ILs as often over the festive period. <cackle> grin

Nightmare for commuters though, sympathies.

Did you see the picture of the cracks though? How long has that been there? confused

museumum Fri 04-Dec-15 13:25:31

Scotrail need to really step up here. It should be a complete bonus for them if they can lay one about have carriages.

Feeches Fri 04-Dec-15 13:27:15

I feel for the poor Fifers who work in Edinburgh. The commute can be arduous at the best of times.

ginmakesitallok Fri 04-Dec-15 13:29:08

Haven't seen any pics of the cracks- link?

Lyndie Fri 04-Dec-15 14:01:56

It's on the FRB Twitter. Sorry I can't seem to link it.

DonkeyOaty Fri 04-Dec-15 14:20:17

Nightmare.

Perihelion Fri 04-Dec-15 14:28:34

Forthroadbridge.org has the pic of crack and a diagram of where it is. ( As well as traffic cameras showing no traffic.)

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