Forth Road Bridge closure to hit Hearts fans

The Forth Road Bridge has been closed until the end of the year due to steel defects. Picture: PA

The Forth Road Bridge has been closed until the end of the year due to steel defects. Picture: PA

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Hearts fans are facing a nightmare travel scenario for their next two away games after it was confirmed that the Forth Road Bridge will be closed until the New Year.

The Jambos face Inverness at home tomorrow, but they then play Aberdeen away on Saturday, December 12 at 12.30pm before crossing the Forth the following week to play St Johnstone in Perth on Saturday, December 19 at 3pm.

With the bridge, by far the shortest route north from Edinburgh, out of action for weeks due to steel defects, thousands of Jambos – as well as scores of other football fans, shoppers and workers – will likely face hours of extra travel across the Kincardine Bridge, Clackmannanshire Bridge and other diversion routes.

Hibs have it a little easier, travelling west to Morton tomorrow before hosting Falkirk and Queen of the South on December 12 and 19 respectively. Their first trip across the water is on January 9 when they play Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup.

The closure will also impact on both Hearts and Hibs fans based in Tayside and Fife travelling in to home matches during the festive period. Hearts play Celtic on Sunday, December 27 and Dundee United on Wednesday, December 30, while Hibs host Raith Rovers on Saturday, January 2 in addition to the two aforementioned home matches in December.