Kevin Lang Liberal Democrat Councillor for Almond, and I have raised serious concerns about further delays to the Queensferry Crossing 1 year review.
Following a number of complaints from local residents, I wrote to the government asking when they planned to publish the 1 year review. Today, Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity confirmed that Transport Scotland anticipates receiving the draft in Spring 2020. However, it’s been over two years since the Queensferry Crossing was given full motorway designation and the review was due in February 2019.
A two year delay is just not good enough and will be deeply concerning to communities who have raised concerns about traffic flow around South Queensferry since its opening in 2017.
I hear from local residents who are frustrated by the impact of the bridge on their daily lives and have been asking for small alterations, including re-opening of the South Bound A90 slip from the old Echline Roundabout at South Scotstoun, which would take a lot of pressure off Dalmeny village at peak times. Every time I ask about residents’ concerns about traffic flow, they continue to refer me to the non-existent, and now hopelessly delayed, one year review.”
On top of this, last year, the government confirmed they had no plans to replace road signage directing people to the old Forth Road Bridge even though motorists caught using the old bridge now face a fine. For all these reasons the Queensferry Crossing remains unfinished and the SNP Government have little to crow about their infrastructure credentials.
Councillor Kevin Lang said:
“People in Queensferry are fed up with the dither and delay from Transport Scotland.
“The new crossing and roads layout completely changed traffic flow around Queensferry. It’s why residents called for some small changes, which would help address some of the congestion bottlenecks.
“Yet here we are, almost 900 days on from the opening we still don’t even have a report, let alone a commitment of action.”