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Forth Road Bridge maintenance to be privatised

Scottish transport minister Keith Brown is to invite private sector firms to maintain and operate the new Forth crossing and existing Forth Road Bridge.

Current operator and maintainer of the existing crossing, the Forth Estuary Transport Authority (Feta), could be dissolved under the new arrangements and its 70-strong workforce transferred to the winning contractor

Feta convener councillor Tony Martin said the organisation is pleased that the minister has accepted Feta’s view that a single organisation should be appointed to manage the new and existing bridge crossings together.

Feta is currently facing a 58% cut in its capital expenditure programme between 2012 to 2015, following the Scottish spending review.

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