Comment: Queensferry Crossing won’t solve all our Forth road woes

Traffic queues to get on to the Queensferry Crossing. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
Traffic queues to get on to the Queensferry Crossing. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
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The traffic congestion around the new Queensferry Crossing has created a lot of frustration among drivers.

You expect some delays as motorists get used to any new road lay out and the novelty of crossing the bridge no doubt generated extra traffic. But the six-mile tailbacks we have seen at times in recent days are simply too much.

There are hopes the problems will ease in the coming days, and the reopening of the old road bridge as a public transport route should help.

It would be misguided though to see the Queensferry Crossing as a panacea for motorists frustrated with their commute across the Forth.

The new road bridge was not designed to carry any more traffic than the last one. And in fact is likely to generate more traffic as it kick-starts development around Rosyth.

Motorists will appreciate the bridge more in the coming months if it lives up to its “windproof” billing and remains open during severe weather.

In the meantime, it is vital Transport Scotland continues to monitor traffic levels, listens to local concerns and considers the proposed solutions that are being brought forward by road users.