THE Forth Road Bridge and those who cross it regularly have certainly enjoyed happier times.
The crucial connection between Edinburgh and Fife and the north of Scotland is currently shut to all traffic after a major crack was found last week.
The closure has caused major traffic problems, not only on the roads as motorists face a major diversion across the Kincardine Bridge, but on the rails as commuters pack already overcrowded ScotRail services in a bid to get to work.
A crossing the length and height of the Forth Road Bridge requires plenty of maintenance and man hours, and workers were out in force in 1964 laying the road on the new structure. Restrictions are often in place on the bridge due to