Following reports that the opening of the new Forth Road Bridge is set to be delayed, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for Edinburgh Western Alex Cole-Hamilton said:
“The Parliament was told as recently as March that the new bridge would finish on time and on budget. Persistent rumours of delays were dismissed as scaremongering by the SNP throughout the election campaign in April and May. Those assurances turned out to be about as robust as a worn out truss end link.
“We saw over the winter the difficulties that disruption to the existing Forth Road Bridge caused for my constituents in Edinburgh Western and people travelling from Fife and further afield.
“The ludicrous argument over which timescale is relevant here does not hide the fact that we now face the prospect of months of uncertainty over when the new bridge will be open to traffic.”