Murdo Fraser calls on Scottish Government to find long-term solution to problem of ice build-up on Q

Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser has called on the Scottish Government to find a long-term solution to the problem of ice falling from the cables of the Queensferry Crossing.

Earlier this week eight vehicles were damaged by ice falling from the bridge’s cables and with the ravages of Storm Ciara hitting the whole of the UK, Transport Scotland took the decision to eventually re-open the Crossing on Wednesday, February 12.

The closing of the Crossing caused massive disruption to thousands of vehicles.

Mr Fraser, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, said he would like the Scottish Government to examine other methods – used in other countries – which may prevent the build-up of ice on the bridge’s cables.

The politician had raised the issue with Transport Minister Michael Matheson last October. This followed three vehicles having their windscreens damaged by falling ice on the Crossing in March last year.

Commenting, Mr Fraser said: “The closure of the Queensferry Crossing overnight and during Tuesday not only caused severe disruption to constituents of mine from Fife trying to get to work in Edinburgh and the Lothians, and those going in the opposite direction, but also added substantial costs to businesses throughout the east of Scotland making and awaiting deliveries, with drivers having to make substantial detours.

“It is not as if the problem with ice building up on the cables came as any surprise. I was told in October that ice sensors would be installed on the bridge to alert engineers to the hazard of ice building up on the cables, but it’s not clear whether this work has actually been done.

“At least that way drivers could be warned of the risks, because as it stands a serious accident could well have resulted.”

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