The Forth Estuary Transport Authority today confirmed that Severn Bridge weight restrictions are necessary following the discovery of worsening corrosion
Commenting on the news that weight restrictions are to be enforced on the Severn Bridge later this month after serious cable corrosion was found to have reduced its load carrying capacity, Alastair Andrew, FETA Bridgemaster& General Manager, said:'Since our proactive inspection in 2004 revealed serious corrosion withinthe Forth Road Bridge's main cables, we've been working closely with otherbridge operators in England to share best practice and develop solutions.The corrosion that has now been revealed in the Severn Bridge's cables ismore advanced than at the Forth Road Bridge, and the Highways Agency hastaken the correct decision to introduce weight restrictions. Safety mustalways be the number one priority.'FETA will continue to monitor developments at the Severn Bridge withinterest. We remain committed to maintaining safe, efficient cross-Forthtransport infrastructure and will press on with measures to tacklecorrosion in the Forth Road Bridge. We're sharing information with theSevern, as we are further advanced in this work. Our own acousticmonitoring system is now operational and we're confident that this willgive us advance warning of any further deterioration. We also hope toappoint a contractor by the end of the year to install our dehumidificationsystem, which will take two years to complete. In this we have theadvantage of a head start over the Severn, albeit they have the advantageof a second crossing already in place.'