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Ministers put Forth crossing plans

November 17 2009

Ministers put Forth crossing plans
Legislation to build the new Forth Road Bridge has been unveiled by Scottish Ministers amidst an ongoing funding row with Westminster.

Valued at £2bn the crossing is needed to replace the existing structure, after concerns were raised over its long term viability. However the chasm between Edinburgh and London may prove a harder bridge to hurdle.

Opposition parties have criticised the bill for failing to state how the crossing would be paid for. Finance would be provided by capital budgets – after a request to borrow from future budgets was denied.

Friends of the Earth claim a new bridge is unnecessary and have costed repair work to the existing crossing at £122m.

Ministers state construction could begin by 2011 for a 2016 opening.

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