Council supports firms affected by Forth Road Bridge closure

Council supports firms affected by Forth Road Bridge closure

Edinburgh Council has vowed to support businesses that have suffered due to the Forth Road Bridge closure.

Council chief executive, Andrew Kerr, has written to businesses to update on moves to reduce disruption and efforts being made to ensure customers know that there are a number of alternative ways of travelling to Edinburgh.

The council is also working with Marketing Edinburgh to deliver a tailored campaign to promote shops, cafes and restaurants across South Queensferry, where traders feel they have been particularly affected by travel issues, and is encouraging the public to visit the seaside village.

Economic development convener, councillor Frank Ross, is standing ready to provide support to businesses in the area and around the city relying on seasonal spend, and is meeting with various Business Improvement Districts to provide reassurance and information on travel options for customers and staff.

Council leader, Cllr Andrew Burns, said: “Over the last week our priority has been to make sure the capital remains open as usual, and have a number of measures in place to achieve this.

“Keeping the city moving is not just about transport but also involves the smooth running of the city’s many businesses and workplaces, so it is essential that they know they have our support.

“To this end we are encouraging commuters, visitors and Christmas shoppers to consider the alternative transport options on offer, including the Park and Ride system, to make the most of Edinburgh during the festive period.”

A team of council transport and resilience staff will also continue to meet daily to monitor the ongoing situation and impact of changed traffic flows in the city, making dynamic improvements to signal timings where possible.

Both Scotrail and Stagecoach are providing additional services between Fife and Edinburgh throughout the period, with more information on their websites.

Car sharing is also being recommended to commuters in order to minimise delays. SEStrans’ website has full details of the liftshare scheme.