Plea to delay new crossing

CAMPAIGNERS have urged the Scottish Government to drop plans for the new £2 billion Forth crossing, accusing MSPs of being "hell-bent" on the project.

The ForthRight Alliance said it believed the joints on the current Forth Road Bridge could still be dried out, allowing it to be used for decades more.

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The intervention came ahead of a debate on the project in the Scottish Parliament today.

The group's Lawrence Marshall said: "Let the third inspection of the main cable take place next summer to allow a more informed decision to be made."