Local MSP, Jackie Baillie, is warning the Scottish Government that lengthy delays as major repair works on the Erskine Bridge, commencing next week, will cause chaos for motorists and be detrimental to the local economy.
The main phase of a multi-million pound repair works, by Transport Scotland, to replace safety barriers on the Erskine Bridge is expected to start on Saturday 14th September and last for approximately 10 months.
In July, the Labour politician and Shadow Health Minister, wrote to Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who is responsible for Infrastructure, asking her to consider carrying out some of the works overnight, to reduce disruption to motorists in Dumbarton Constituency who rely on the bridge for easy access to lifeline services.
Transport Scotland responded on Ms Sturgeon’s behalf, stating that this would not be possible due to low temperatures at night and noise pollution.
As a result, single lane traffic will be directed over the bridge from Monday 16th September and for ten months, with a temporary barrier system and delays of around one hour expected during peak hours of traffic.
Jackie Baillie says: ‘Whilst I welcome the multi-million pound improvements to the Erskine Bridge, I am wary that completing this work during the day will cause chaos on our roads and impact on our local economy.
‘People travelling to work, hospital appointments or trying to access educational facilities should not be faced with the added inconvenience of one hour delays on either side of the River Clyde.
‘I will monitor this disruption closely. Transport Scotland need to ensure that traffic is not at a standstill whilst this work progresses and be ready to step in with a plan B if necessary.’