Queensferry Crossing Automated Barriers

BEAR Scotland is installing an innovative, automated barrier system on both sides of the Queensferry Crossing that will allow traffic to be diverted onto the Forth Road Bridge more quickly, should the Queensferry Crossing need to be closed for any reason.

Currently, if the Queensferry Crossing has to be closed, M90 traffic is diverted via Kincardine Bridge on the A985. Trials to manually erect the traffic management required for a diversion via the Forth Road Bridge have taken up to six hours, so Kincardine Bridge must still be used for any shorter-term closures.

The new automated barriers are expected to dramatically reduce the time it takes to implement a diversion via the Forth Road Bridge, removing the need for most of the manual work. Manufactured by SPIE in The Netherlands, they will be the first of their kind to be used in the UK.

Chris Tracey, BEAR Scotland South East Unit Bridge Manager says: “This new automated barrier scheme will improve the resilience of the trunk road network and minimise disruption. Work requiring lane restrictions will be carried out overnight wherever possible. The project is intended to be completed before next winter.”

Once the barriers are in place a trial run diverting traffic over the Forth Road Bridge will be undertaken to ensure they are operating correctly.

BEAR Scotland is leading this project as part of its responsibility for the South East Trunk Road Network on behalf of Transport Scotland. John Paul Construction is responsible for the completing the civils works and SPIE is responsible for the installation of the automated barrier system.

Motorists using the M90 during these works are encouraged to plan ahead before setting out by checking the Traffic Scotland website www.traffic.gov.scot for up-to-date travel information and allowing extra time for their journey.

Figure 1 – Barrier system on north side in normal position:

Figure 2 – Barrier system on north side in alternative position:

Figure 3 – Barrier system on south side in normal position:

Figure 4 – Barrier system on south side in alternative position:

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Construction programme

The four-month construction programme got underway on 19 June 2023.

The project involves reconstruction of the central reserve and verges where the emergency links to the Forth Road Bridge connect to the M90 on both sides of the Queensferry Crossing. This will provide a new concrete foundation for the barrier system and a new running surface for vehicles, followed by the installation of the barrier system itself.

Works on the verge will be completed during the day with a hard shoulder closure. Works in the central reserve will take place at night to minimise disruption.

During the daytime there will be two lanes running in each direction at all times.

For the safety of workers and road users, the following lane and hard shoulder closures will be in place:

  • The hard shoulders on both carriageways of the M90 will be closed 24 hours a day from 19 June until 3 August., between Ferrytoll Junction and the Queensferry Crossing north of the bridge, and between Queensferry Junction and Scotstoun Junction south of the bridge.
  • Lane three of the M90 southbound carriageway between Queensferry Junction and Scotstoun Junction will be closed 24 hours a day from 3 August until 15 September.
  • Lane two on both carriageways of the M90 north of the bridge between Ferrytoll Junction and the Queensferry Crossing will be closed between 20:00 and 06:00 each night from 4 August until 15 September.

Latest news from the project

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QUEENSFERRY CROSSING AUTOMATED BARRIER INSTALLATION

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AUTOMATED BARRIER WORKS AT M90 JUNCTION 1B

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