Date set for bridge tolls to be removed

TOLLS are set to be removed from the Forth Road Bridge on February 11.

The Bill abolishing the charges received royal assent last week, and Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson was today expected to sign the necessary order to allow the act to take effect.

The tolls would then be scrapped from 00.01am on Monday, February 11.

Three of the toll booths at the bridge and one of the concrete plinths are due to be removed ahead of abolition to allow a free flow of traffic on to the bridge.

The rest of the booths and the canopy over the toll plaza will be taken away later and a new system of signs installed.

But earlier this month, regional transport body Sestran warned of extra congestion on the Echline roundabout once the tolls are lifted.

Modelling work showed that removing tolls will mean northbound traffic from Echline roundabout may have difficulty in merging with A90 traffic during peak time, resulting in long queues.