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Published On: Mon, May 29th, 2017

Disruption warning for commuters despite bridge reopening – BBC News

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Travellers are facing another day of disruption due to severe weather despite the reopening of the Forth Road Bridge.

Traffic was allowed on the crossing again from 21:00 on Wednesday, after damage caused by a blown over lorry was repaired sooner than expected.

Forecasters said widespread wintry showers across Scotland could still make travelling difficult.

Snow and winds of up to 70mph are expected to last throughout the day.

A further warning for snow is in place until late on Friday.

The conditions have resulted in the temporary closure of the M74 southbound at junction 8 Lesmahagow after ice was detected in the road.

Traffic Scotland said gritters were in the area and were in the process of making the route safe.

Image caption Many people have woken to a covering of snow

A four-vehicle accident has also been reported on the M77 northbound between junctions 6 and 7. The emergency services were at the scene.

The northbound A9 was closed for on hour at about 05:00 due to a jack-knifed lorry.

Stein Connolly from Transport Scotland told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland programme that temperatures had plunged to minus 8.4 overnight leading to 241 gritters being mobilised.

He said: "People can go on our website and see exactly where the gritters are and you can track the gritters. You can also see what treatments were done overnight.

"Because of these temperatures and because of the Met Office prediction of snow and wind, we've had the multi agency response team in here working all night in the Traffic Scotland control centre to make sure if there is any incidents we can react to it very quickly."

The Met Office has issued several yellow Be Aware warnings. Lightning may also accompany the heavier showers, with potential disruption to power supplies.

There is also a risk of snow drifts on higher routes on Thursday and Friday.

Snow gates were closed on the A939 between Tomintoul and Cock Bridge.

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Image caption High winds initially hampered the recovery operation

Commuters looking to cross the Forth Road Bridge on Wednesday were stuck in traffic jams for hours after the lorry was blown from the northbound carriageway onto the southbound side at about 02:00.

The crossing was closed to HGVs at the time. The 54-year-old driver was arrested and charged with dangerous driving.

High winds delayed attempts to remove the vehicle until mid-afternoon. Welders then began repairing a 40m section of the central grille that had been badly damaged.

Transport minister Humza Yousaf praised bridge staff who completed the repairs much sooner than expected.

He said: "Once again, the Forth Road Bridge team has stepped up to repair the bridge. They have successfully removed the overturned HGV and carried out temporary repair work to the damaged central reserve safety grille on the bridge.

"I would like to pay tribute to the engineers and workers who have faced up to some very challenging and difficult weather conditions throughout the day, to complete the work and get the bridge reopened as quickly and as safely as possible.

"The bridge is now open in both directions for traffic, subject to any restrictions the weather may bring, in line with the forecast."

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Disruption warning for commuters despite bridge reopening – BBC News