The Road Haulage Association has the following to state with regard to the re-opening of the Forth Road Bridge:
We recognise the professionalism and dedication of the engineers who have made good the structural problems on the bridge. Doubtless there are lessons to be learned for the future as to how this bridge, so vital not only to road haulage but to the Scottish economy as a whole, needed to be closed but that is for another day.
Throughout the period since the sudden closure of the bridge, the RHA has worked in constructive partnership with Transport Scotland to ensure that the inevitable, serious impact on the road haulage industry and its customers was kept to a minimum. The decision to create a dedicated truck route was vital in maintaining the business supply chain, not least for vital exports; and the measured relaxation of enforcement of drivers’ hours rules was an important element in maintaining operational efficiency. We acknowledge the contribution of the Department for Transport in that regard, as the body responsible for authorising the relaxation.
We at Car Articles are glad to hear that the closure has been brought to an end and normal traffic flow can resume. All too often we take the roads we use for granted and this demonstrated what a significant impact a closure can have.