Forth Road Bridge broken cables ‘no danger’

The Forth Road Bridge has seen an increase in the number of broken cables. Picture: Comp
The Forth Road Bridge has seen an increase in the number of broken cables. Picture: Comp
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A LARGE rise in the number of broken cables on the Forth Road Bridge is “no cause for alarm”, according to Transport Minister Derek Mackay.

Acoustic monitoring software installed in 2006 has recorded a total of 93 cable breaks – but 24 of these have occurred in the last three months alone.

Mr Mackay said the cables “are perfectly fine in terms of carrying the bridge and the traffic on the bridge”.

He said: “Clearly, some of the cracks that will have appeared will be worthy of further investigation but we are still of the opinion that there is no immediate concerns around safety, and cables are perfectly fine in terms of carrying the bridge and the traffic on the bridge.

“Of course, there will be ongoing monitoring and investigation, and the works that we have put in place in terms of the dehumidification will prevent further 
deterioration.

“But some of that legacy is from when the first cracks and breaks appeared in 2004-5.

“So there is no reason to be alarmed, but we are taking a very close inspection of the faults that have been found.”