There was a further blow to the region’s traffic this morning when it was announced that the Forth Road Bridge will be closed until the New Year.
Structural faults mean that the bridge has been closed since midnight on December 3, with initial guidance saying it would be shut for at least 24 hours
Now transport minister Derek Mackay has said that it will take at least three weeks to repair the bridge, and safety was “paramount”.
Early on the morning of Friday, December 4, 11 mile tailbacks were reported approaching the Kincardine Bridge.
The southbound carriageway had been shut since the discovery of steelwork defects during inspections on Tuesday, December 1.
Since then, engineers have identified eight other parts of the bridge where similar problems could be encountered.
During the closure, emergency vehicles on blue-light calls will still be able to use the bridge.