Queensferry Crossing opening celebrations - travel advice

The countdown is on for a weekend of celebrations to mark the opening of the Queensferry Crossing.

The Forth Bridges United Kingdom 11/17/2017 8:41:02 AM

Drivers are being reminded that the Forth Road Bridge is in operation to allow these to take place.

Roads in the area will be very busy at the weekend when the Queensferry Crossing Experience will see 50,000 people walk over the bridge and into next week with the official opening on Monday and the community day on Tuesday.

Traffic Scotland’s Stein Connelly said:

“With the events to celebrate the opening of the bridge we are expecting an increase in the volume of traffic around the area in the next few days. All changes are clearly signed and road users are being directed to the Forth Road Bridge.

“These are once in a lifetime events and we really appreciate people’s patience when they are taking place.

“We would urge everyone to carefully consider their travel plans. If they are not attending the events we would appreciate them avoiding the area where possible as delays are expected.  They should leave extra time for any journey and they should check all of the available sources of information for the latest travel times before they leave for their destination.

The Traffic Scotland website and Twitter feed will have reliable and up to date information and we would strongly advise planning ahead.

“Pedestrian and cyclist access to the Forth Road Bridge will continue across this time - although a shuttle bus will operate on the 4th of September when the official opening ceremony for the Queensferry crossing is taking place.  The Forth Bridges website has all of the details on arrangements.”

​The following table summarises access arrangements for pedestrians and cyclists on the Forth Road Bridge during the weekend of the Queensferry Crossing opening celebrations: 

Date

West Footway

East Footway

1 September

Business as usual - closed for maintenance purposes

Business as usual – open to pedestrians and cyclists

2 September

Open to pedestrians only, with mitigation*

Open to cyclists only

3 September

Open to pedestrians only, with mitigation*

Open to cyclists only

4 September

Closed**

Closed**

5 September

Business as usual - closed for maintenance purposes

Business as usual – open to pedestrians and cyclists

* Mitigation includes pedestrian barriers, stewards and measures to control numbers on the bridge.
** Affected pedestrians and cyclists will be shuttled across the bridge by operating company Amey. 

Visitors should note that the Forth Road Bridge car park at South Queensferry will be closed to the public on 2, 3 and 4 September, as it will be in use for the opening celebrations. Access will only be available to authorised vehicles displaying a valid permit.