Forth Road Bridge: commuters brace for closure impact

The bridge is expected to be closed until January. Picture: Jane Barlow
The bridge is expected to be closed until January. Picture: Jane Barlow
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COMMUTERS were gearing up for travel chaos this morning in the wake of the Forth Road Bridge closure.

Large queues were reported at Inverkeithing and Dunfermline as passengers rushed to board trains into Edinburgh, with crowds also forming at Waverley station for services running in the opposite direction.

But some commuters have told the Evening News they were “pleasantly surprised” at the lack of congestion.

Ruth Darbyshire, 28, works at the Edinburgh Students’ Charities Appeal and takes the train from Dalgety Bay into Edinburgh every day.

She said: “I got the 8.48am train - I thought the earlier ones were likely to be busier. It was late by about 14 minutes, but trains from Dalgety Bay to Edinburgh are always a few minutes late.

“The train itself was actually fine. I was expecting to not get a seat, but I think everybody on the platform managed to find one.

“My partner got the 7.45am trains and he said it was quieter than usual, but I saw on Twitter and Facebook that the Inverkeithing and Dunfermline trains have been chaos. Maybe a lot of people are deciding to work from home.”

Yesterday it was announced 6,500 extra seats are being brought into play on trains between Fife and Edinburgh, with 11,000 park and ride spaces also made available to help ease travel woes.

The Forth Road Bridge was shut at midnight on Friday after a 20mm-wide crack was spotted in a steel truss under the southbound carriageway.

Officials say the vital crossing is likely to remain closed until early January.