Date lodged: 28 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how many vehicles it expects will use the (a) Forth Replacement Crossing and (b) Forth Road Bridge in the 12 months after the new crossing opens, and how this compares with the current levels on the road bridge.
Answered by: Keith Brown 14 March 2017
Generally traffic volumes across the Forth Road Bridge have remained flat in the period since 2008. The latest Forth Replacement Crossing annual traffic monitoring report for the Forth Road Bridge for the period 2015-16 indicates a daily average of 67,500 vehicles. On opening, the Forth Replacement Crossing will then be used by all this traffic apart from those vehicles entitled to use the Forth Road Bridge, buses, taxis, motorcycles up to 125cc. Usage will be monitored when the Managed Crossing Strategy comes into operation.