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News Release - Tay Road Bridge Restrictions

Updated date: 28/01/2016 - 16:32

The Tay Road Bridge Joint Board would like to remind drivers to adhere to restrictions in high winds.

Officers in the Tay Road Bridge Control Room have recorded vehicles ignoring the car only restrictions.

Users are reminded of the potentially serious consequences that can occur from ignoring restrictions. These restrictions are for the safety of all road users.

Drivers may be prosecuted should an incident occur where they have ignored the relevant restrictions.

Variable Message Signs leading up to the bridge are always kept up to date and regular traffic updates can be heard on local and national radio.

Chair of the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board, Councillor Margaret Taylor said: “These restrictions are vitally important for the safety of drivers.

“The bridge is not safe for high sided vehicles when winds are strong. So please be patient and check the conditions before travelling.

“There are alternative routes for those who cannot cross the bridge and I would urge everyone to check the conditions before travelling.”

Inspector David Hynd, Road Policing Unit, Tayside Division said: “Restrictions are in place for the safety of all road users.

“Drivers who decide not to adhere to restrictions may be charged under road traffic legislation and consideration may also be given to the charge of reckless conduct, as their actions endanger themselves and others and can result in very serious consequences.

“Motorists should be mindful of any travel restrictions and should plan their journeys accordingly.”

Restrictions in high winds are as follows…

  • At 45 mph winds the bridge is closed to double decker buses.
  • At 60 mph winds the bridge is open to cars only and the central walkway is closed to all users.
  • At 80mph winds the bridge is closed to all traffic.

Restriction Advice

Updated date: 01/02/2016 - 13:39

We respectfully request that all drivers follow our restriction advice during periods of high wind.  If you are driving a high sided vehicle then please do not cross when we are open to Cars and Single Decker Buses Only. This advice is for your safety and for the safety of all bridge users.

Permitted to cross:

  • Cars without trailers
  • Cars without loaded roof racks
  • Transit van style – with no modifications or raised roof line and no loaded roof racks
  • Single Decker Buses
  • Ambulances and Patient Transport vehicles – This is dependant upon patient criticality and after liaison between Ambulance Control and the Operations Duty Supervisor at Bridge Control.

Not permitted to cross:

  • High-sided rigid or articulated HGV’s – regardless whether empty or full
  • Articulated or Rigid Tippers – regardless whether empty or full
  • Tankers – regardless whether empty or full
  • Car Transporters - regardless whether empty or full
  • Furniture vans - regardless whether empty or full
  • Luton vans - regardless whether empty or full
  • Curtain sided vehicles - regardless whether empty or full
  • Transit van style with modification or raised roof line
  • Vehicles with trailers or caravans
  • Motorcycles
  • Cyclists
  • 3-wheeled cars
  • Any other vehicle which appears, in the judgement of the Operations Duty Supervisor, to be at risk.

The Walkway is closed to all Pedestrians and Cyclists when the bridge is open to Cars and Single Decker Buses Only.