Long delays on Erskine Bridge, warns MSP

Drivers will face delays of up to an hour when major repair work on the Erskine Bridge starts next week, MSP Jackie Baillie has warned.

The Dumbarton constituency MSP says the delays will be detrimental to the local economy.

The main phase of repair works, by Transport Scotland, to replace safety barriers, is expected to start on Saturday September 14 and last for about 10 months.

In July, Jackie wrote to Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister, asking her to consider carrying out some of the works overnight to reduce disruption to motorists who rely on the bridge for easy access to lifeline services.

Transport Scotland responded on Ms Sturgeon’s behalf stating that this would not be possible due to low temperatures at night and noise pollution.

As a result single lane traffic will be directed over the bridge from Monday September 16 with a temporary barrier system, with delays of around one hour expected during peak hours of traffic.

Jackie said: “Whilst I welcome the multi-million pound improvements to the Erskine Bridge, I am wary that completing this work during the day will cause chaos on our roads and impact on our local economy.

“People travelling to work, hospital appointments or trying to access educational facilities should not be faced with the added inconvenience of one hour delays on either side of the River Clyde.

“I will monitor this disruption closely. Transport Scotland need to ensure that traffic is not at a standstill whilst this work progresses and be ready to step in with a plan B if necessary.”

Transport Scotland said night time working had been considered, but would be p[potentially unsafe, while noisy activities would include breaking out of the bridge deck surfacing and cutting and grinding out 1,200 steel base plates.

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  1. It is very concerning that there could be delays for up to an Hour when this work starts ,anyone taking ill on the Peninsula and surrounding area being transported to Paisley by Ambulance could have a long journey if they can’t cross the bridge . Will there be a Helicopter on standby?
    My advice is don’t take ill !!

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