The Forth Replacement Crossing has reached a critical stage as its hybrid bill goes before the Scottish Parliament this week.
The Forth Crossing Bill seeks authority to build the new Forth Replacement Crossing (FRC). The Bill’s introduction marks the start of a consultation period where those affected by the scheme can lodge objections.
“Given the real uncertainty of the future viability of the current Forth Road Bridge, Scotland simply cannot afford any delay to the FRC.”
Transport minister Stewart Stevenson
“Introduction of the Forth Crossing Bill marks a historic day for Scotland and makes this government’s commitment to delivering the Forth Replacement Crossing in 2016 on time and on budget abundantly clear,” said transport minister Stewart Stevenson.
“Given the real uncertainty of the future viability of the current Forth Road Bridge, Scotland simply cannot afford any delay to the FRC. The economic importance of this scheme to future generations demands we get this project right and we welcome and look forward to the close scrutiny of Parliament.”
Doubts remain over the future viability of the existing Forth Road Bridge, and the £1.7bn to £2.3bn replacement project is aimed at upgrading the vital transport corridor across the Forth.
Forth Replacement Crossing timeline
- Beginning 2004 FETA begins first inspection of main suspension cables of Forth Road Bridge
- June 2007 Forth Replacement Crossing Study concluded and reports published
- December 2007 Government says preferred option is a multi modal cable stayed bridge
- January 2008 Jacobs/Arup appointed to develop the project
- 2009 Tender process begins
- 2011 Contract awarded and construction begins
- 2016 Construction due to complete