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Committee calls for views on Forth Road Bridge Bill

29 December 2012

The bill providing for Scottish ministers to take over the running of the existing and new Forth Road Bridges is coming under the scrutiny of a committee of MSPs.

Holyrood's Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee is seeking views on the general principles of the Forth Road Bridge Bill, which sets out to establish the most “cost-effective and co-ordinated” regime for the management and maintenance of the Forth Road Bridge (FRB) and the new replacement crossing.

The bill would transfer responsibility for the FRB from the Forth Estuary Transport Authority (FETA) to the Scottish Ministers. As a result, the road over the FRB will be trunked, FETA will be dissolved and its property, rights and liabilities transferred to the Scottish Government.

If the Bill is enacted, the Scottish Government intends to contract out the functions of managing and maintaining the FRB and the new replacement crossing. The process is intended to begin in mid-2013, with the new contract commencing in mid-2015.

The committee invites submissions on the consultation process that preceded the bill, the chosen option for running the bridges, the scope of the trunking proposal, the plans to dissolve FETA and transfer its employees to the new operating company, and the estimated costs.

Click here to view the committee's page on the bill. Submissions, sent to ici.committee@scottish.parliament.uk, should be received by midday on Friday 1 February 2013.

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