New link to bridge is on the right road

TRANSPORT chiefs today welcomed a new report which reveals construction work on a fast motorway link to the Forth Road Bridge is on schedule.

Work began in June this year, and a new progress report to the Forth Estuary Transport Authority (FETA) board confirms that the new A8000 dual carriageway project is on target to be completed as planned in late 2007.

The new road is being funded by FETA, with grant assistance from the Scottish Executive. The city council, as the local roads authority, is managing the scheme.

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FETA chairman Lawrence Marshall said: "This road is going to make a real difference to the motorists who must currently use the inadequate A8000.

"It will make journeys across the Forth Road Bridge easier by removing the queues of traffic that back up from the A8000, and local communities will see a 90 per cent reduction in traffic."