Forth Road Bridge closed: ‘Unprecedented challenge’ means transport minister can’t commit to reopening date

A general view from the south side of the Forth Road Bridge after it was closed to traffic, as Scotland's Transport Minister Derek Mackay has said the bridge will remain shut until the new year after faults were discovered in its steel work. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 4, 2015. The decision to close the bridge was taken by the Scottish Government after inspections carried out by specialist engineers and following advice and assessment of the fault by independent experts. See PA story TRANSPORT Bridge. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
A general view from the south side of the Forth Road Bridge after it was closed to traffic, as Scotland's Transport Minister Derek Mackay has said the bridge will remain shut until the new year after faults were discovered in its steel work. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 4, 2015. The decision to close the bridge was taken by the Scottish Government after inspections carried out by specialist engineers and following advice and assessment of the fault by independent experts. See PA story TRANSPORT Bridge. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire