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Forth Road Bridge Closure – message to all businesses from the Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council

Posted: 8th December 2015

To all Edinburgh Businesses:

Dear Business Owner

Forth Road Bridge Closure

Further to the closure of the Forth Road Bridge, which is scheduled to last until the New Year, the City of Edinburgh Council is putting in place plans to minimise traffic impact and disruption to help protect the city’s business interests while the essential work is taking place.  At the same time we are working with our communications partners and the media to ensure that customers know that Edinburgh is Open for Business.

We have assembled a team of transport and resilience staff who are meeting daily to review the ongoing situation and plan measures to help mitigate any affects on business.   If you are experiencing business impacts for staff or customers, the team would like to know.  Please email with the email title “Bridge Closure”.

The Council is working closely with public transport providers to assess demand and capacity, while our traffic team is constantly monitoring the impact of changed traffic flows in the city, making improvements where possible.

We recognise it is important for businesses to keep up to date with travel and traffic information at this busy time and we recommend that you check the following sources to regularly update your customers and logistics partners:

  • The Government has prepared a full travel plan for the duration of the closure – including further additional bus and rail services and a dedicated bus/HGV lane between Cairneyhill and Longannet.

The City of Edinburgh Council’s key priority is to keep the city moving throughout this period and we will continue to work with partner organisations to minimise disruption to the business community and the city in general, but also ensure that key messaging emphasises that Edinburgh is Open for Business.

Yours faithfully

Andrew Kerr, Chief Executive, City of Edinburgh Council

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