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Motorists face delays as Queensferry Crossing opens

Heavy congestion northbound and southbound during bridge's first rush hour.

Traffic: Bridge opened in the early hours.
Traffic: Bridge opened in the early hours. Andrew Milligan/ PA Wire/ PA Images

Motorists faced heavy congestion on roads around the new Queensferry Crossing during the first rush hour since the bridge opened.

Long delays were reported on the M90 northbound and southbound carriageways on Wednesday morning.

A vehicle broke down on the hard shoulder on the road leading to the north side of the bridge but the congestion remained after it was cleared.

The new bridge opened to the public at about 2am on Wednesday, with a temporary 40mph speed limit in place.

It will remain open on Wednesday and Thursday before closing again on Friday.

Traffic Scotland warned commuters to expect delays and said the traffic was "not just commuters heading for work".

A spokesman said: "As predicted, due to the popularity of this new bridge, there are large additional volumes of traffic on the Queensferry Crossing with drivers wanting to experience the new bridge for themselves, in addition to the normal morning commuter traffic.

"The bridge itself remained free flowing despite an early breakdown.

"The driver involved was able to make use of the new hard shoulder and was assisted off the bridge by our Trunk Road Incident Support Service.

"Although we are aware of delays on approach roads to the crossing, these are mainly down to the volume of traffic and drivers getting used to the new road layout."

The first traffic passed over the 1.7-mile structure in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

A long procession of traffic followed police vehicles across the bridge shortly before 2am, with many honking their horns and blowing whistles as they travelled over.

Over the weekend, around 50,000 people will be able to walk across the bridge as part of the Queensferry Crossing Experience.

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