8 Jun 2018
Despite the £1.3bn cost to the taxpayer, the Queensferry Crossing has utterly failed to reduce congestion across the Firth of Forth, according to the Scottish Conservatives.
A Freedom of Information response has shown that the average speed on the bridge at rush hour in the morning and evening is less than 25 mph, far less than the 70mph speed limit.
As the figures show, over the Queensferry Crossing (Junction 1a-1b on the M90) motorists can expect to enjoy an average speed of 24mph during the morning rush hour, and 21mph during the evening rush hour.
The Queensferry Crossing opened to traffic on 30 August 2017 and was intended to be a major upgrade to the existing Forth Road Bridge; connecting Fife and the Lothians and easing congestion throughout the east of Scotland.
Its innovative and expensive design was intended to ensure that the bridge would not need to close during high winds and that cars could travel at a higher speed, thereby easing congestion.
In addition, the Scottish Conservatives have pointed out that average speeds elsewhere on the upgraded network also fall far short of commuters’ expectations.
Jamie Greene, Scottish Conservative transport spokesman said;
“Yet again it appears that the construction of this bridge was far more to do with the SNP’s PR strategy than the benefits to taxpaying Scots.
“The Queensferry Crossing was supposed to revitalise the economies of the surrounding areas, as well as ease congestion and connect the east of Scotland.
“The disappointing reality is that most motorists using the Queensferry Crossing could be overtaken by a bicycle.
“These slow speeds throughout our road network are a source of huge frustration to motorists and are an active hindrance to economic growth.
“As long as the SNP continues to obsess about independence, the economy, like the motorists on the Queensferry Crossing, will never get out of second gear.”