Ice and the Queensferry Crossing: Closed 3 times in 5 years is not a ‘plague’
The 3rd of only 3 closures was branded in the Scotsman, by the Scottish Tories, as a ‘national disgrace’ in 2021. They need a holiday, by car and ferry, in Normandy if they want to see a national disgrace.
Anyhow, in the Herald today:
Scotland’s flagship road bridge is to be “cleaned” over the next three months in an effort to stop ice buildup from forcing it to close during the winter.
The £1.35bn Queensferry Crossing has shut three times since opening in 2017 due to accretions on the 288 metal cables supporting the structure.
The replacement for the Forth Road Bridge has been plagued by falling ice over the winter months.https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/20354807.queensferry-crossing-cleaned-effort-prevent-winter-closures/
The scale of the actual inconvenience to drivers is made more clear by a freedom of information request in January 2022:
10 February 2020 closed 18:05 reopened 12 February 2020 11:35 (41 hours 30 mins)
04 December 2020 closed 04:16 reopened 08:48 (4 hours 32 minutes)
21 January 2021 closed 02:50 reopened 09:20 (6 hours 30 minutes)https://www.gov.scot/publications/foi-202100262527/
So, a total of 52 hours over nearly 5 years?
What about wind? From the Road Haulage Association:
“The fact that the Queensferry Crossing has remained open to freight in conditions that would have previously closed the old Forth Road Bridge over 100 times is incredibly welcome to these communities and the businesses who quite literally move the Scottish economy.”https://www.dunfermlinepress.com/news/19987993.queensferry-crossing-wind-shields-prevent-100-bridge-closures/