The BBC reports that the Forth Road Bridge is to reopen at 6am tomorrow (Wednesday) after temporary repairs were completed ahead of schedule. The east footpath will be open to cyclists and pedestrians from the same time, weather permitting.
The bridge across the Firth, just North of Edinburgh, normally carries 70,000 vehicles a day, but was closed on December 3 after a 2cm crack was found on the southbound deck. The Forth Road Bridge Twitter account subsequently warned cyclists to stay off, emphasising that it was closed to all.
The reopening comes almost two weeks earlier than officials had promised, engineers having installed a steel splint to repair the cracked truss at the north end of the bridge. Cars, buses, coaches and bikes will again be able to use the bridge, but movement in the pin located at the lower section of the truss end link during testing showed it was not sufficient to support HGV traffic. A permanent repair will take about six weeks.