Storm Henry: Forth Road Bridge closed as winds batter Edinburgh

Bridge closed. File picture: Scott Louden
Bridge closed. File picture: Scott Louden
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THE Forth Road Bridge has been closed as Storm Henry batters the country.

Weather experts have forecast gales becoming “severe and stormy” into this evening, with blustery showers and snow on the hills.

Forth Road Bridge was closed to all traffic shortly before 2pm, and motorists have been warned to expect disruption into tomorrow.

The strongest winds are expected between 9pm and midnight, with very strong winds forecast to continue into Tuesday morning. Inspections may be required before the bridge reopens.

Car drivers are advised to check the conditions before travel and adjust their travel plans as required.

Public transport is likely to be affected, with winds forecast to be stronger than the level at which buses would be permitted to cross from approximately 12 noon onwards.

The bridge is expected to be closed most of Tuesday, and will remain closed to HGVs while repairs to the truss end links continue.

Diversion routes may also be affected and for information on the wider network people should follow @trafficscotland or visit www.trafficscotland.org.

A spokesman from the Met predicted “frequent and squally showers” and wintry weather on high ground.

Storm Henry comes less than three days after Storm Gertrude caused widespread disruption to the city, felling trees, closing key routes and tearing hundreds of bricks ripped from the wall of a city primary school.

Oxgangs Primary School in the south-west of the city is shut until at least tomorrow after tonnes of masonry were blown off its walls on Friday morning and scattered in the grounds.Oxgangs Primary School in the south-west of the city looks set to remain shut until at least tomorrow after tonnes of masonry were blown off its walls on Friday morning and scattered in the grounds.