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Agricultural Vehicle Access to New Queensferry Crossing Confirmed

NFU Scotland has received confirmation that agricultural vehicles have access to the new Queensferry Crossing.

Longer term, the Union is looking for agricultural vehicles to be allowed to use the Forth Road Bridge when it re-opens as a public transport corridor.

Chairman of NFU Scotland’s Legal and Technical Committee Jamie Smart, who also operates the Union’s Agricultural Vehicles Helpline said: “Both sides of the Forth are very productive farmland and transport of goods and machinery are important to keep these agricultural businesses moving at this busy time of year.

“Members in the area were concerned about access arrangements to the new Queensferry Crossing now that it has opened.  Upon contacting the authorities, some farmers had been instructed that they could only use the Kincardine or Clackmannan bridges.  That was incorrect.

“Following a request from NFUS yesterday, we have had confirmation that, in the short term, agricultural vehicles can use the new bridge as it has an ‘A’ class road status.  

“Longer term, once the Queensferry Crossing achieves motorway status, NFUS is looking for agricultural vehicles to have access to the Forth Road Bridge. 

Discussions are ongoing, but the Union is seeking access to the Forth Road Bridge without the need for cumbersome bureaucracy or unnecessary levels of paperwork for the farmers looking to use that route.”  

Notes to Editors

  • NFU Scotland members can contact the Agricultural Vehicles Helpline on 07733 136424.

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Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

Author: Bob Carruth

Date Published:

News Article No.: 130/17


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