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Response to Forth Road Bridge closure

Press Release   •   Dec 04, 2015 15:23 GMT

The Forth Road Bridge, which was closed for repairs, will not reopen until the New Year.

Traffic Scotland said:

“Following a meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee (SGoRR), chaired by the First Minister, the decision to close has been taken after inspections carried out by specialist engineers and following advice and assessment of the fault by independent experts.

“Additional rail capacity was put on overnight and a full travel plan is being prepared for the duration of the closure. This will include further additional rail services. All other options are being explored including a dedicated bus corridor with park and ride facilities and passenger ferry services across the Forth.”

In response to this, and the implications it will have on visitors in Scotland, VisitScotland has added Traffic Scotland news to its live Twitter feed on the homepage of visitscotland.com so that visitors can keep up to speed with information as and when it comes through.

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland said:

“To minimise impact around the closure of the Forth Road Bridge, we would advise all tourism businesses affected to communicate alternative routes and public transport options on all their channels.

“We would also advise visitors to Scotland to go to our website for links to advice and updates on the issue. With a busy winter festival and Hogmanay season ahead, we are working closely with businesses and the Scottish Government to ensure we are doing all we can to smooth this process and keep visitors reaching all our wonderful regions and destinations across the country.”

Live traffic updates can be found on trafficscotland.org or by following twitter.com/trafficscotland

Further information on the planned works
: transportscotland.gov.uk/project/forth-replacement-crossing/information-road-users

Full press release: trafficscotland.org

Notes to Editors

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    • The organisation’s core objective is to contribute to the Tourism 2020 Strategy ambition of growing tourism revenues by £1 billion by 2020.
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      1. Marketing: we will market Scotland and its outstanding assets to visitors from all parts of the world, including the promotion of Scotland to people living in Scotland       to visit different parts of the country
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      3. Internationalisation and International Engagement: we will utilise all our platforms to enable Scottish-based tourism businesses to better understand international       opportunities and market to a global audience and we will work within One       Scotland Partnerships to optimise the potential of Scotland’s Diaspora and our strategic partners at regional, European and global levels
      4. Customer Experience: we will provide information and inspiration to visitors both locally and globally via their preferred medium of choice
      5. Quality and Sustainability: we will provide support and advice to businesses, with the goal of improving the quality and sustainability of the tourism sector in Scotland. We will provide quality assurance to visitors through our Quality Schemes
      6. Inclusive Tourism: we will strive to make tourism in Scotland inclusive and available to all
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    Year of Food and Drink 2015

    • 2015 is the Year of Food and Drink, a celebration of Scotland’s natural larder and the role that food and drink plays in shaping our economic success.
    • Scotland generates over £2.5m per day through food and drink tourism.
    • A series of themed months will create an appetite for key areas of Scotland’s food and drink industries – from seafood and whisky to berries and high-quality meat
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