Lorry reverses along A90 after Forth Road Bridge closure

The lorry can be seen reversing down the road, much to the surprise of motorists.
The lorry can be seen reversing down the road, much to the surprise of motorists.
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A LORRY driver reversed slowly along the busy A90 - after realising at the last minute that HGVs are banned from the Forth Road Bridge during the day.

Shocked motorists can be seen moving aside in footage that has been viewed more than 10,000 times since it was posted online yesterday.

The incident involving a large red lorry travelling against the flow of traffic in the southbound lane is believed to have taken place yesterday morning.

The vehicle slowly reverses in the inside lane on the approach to the bridge from Fife, causing a steady stream of cars to have to move to the outside lane.

It is thought that the driver realised too late that heavy goods vehicles are not permitted to cross the bridge during the day.

The video was filmed near the exit to North Queensferry and ends with a police car approaching the lorry with its blue lights flashing.

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The footage was viewed more than 10,000 times yesterday.

The clip was shared on social media by Fife man Christopher Bain, who wrote: “Couldn’t believe what a was watching this morning — feeling shocked at Forth Road Bridge.”

Police Scotland was unable to confirm what action was taken last night.

Restrictions on HGVs have been in place since the bridge reopened following a full closure to traffic at the end of last year.

The times that HGVs can cross the Forth Road Bridge has recently been extended by an hour and a half. They are now permitted to cross the bridge between 11pm and 5.30am but drivers face a detour via Kincardine at other times.

On Monday Transport Minister Derek Mackay said good progress was being made as the bridge strengthening work continued.

He said: “Work to restore the bridge to its full capacity is continuing at pace and this is another step towards that goal.

“The HGV trial has been running for more than a week now and our careful monitoring shows that we can now allow more vehicles across the bridge.”

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