Impact Protection Vehicle Now Operating

Updated date: 23/12/2017 - 13:15

We have changed the way that we deal with breakdowns on the bridge.

From December the bridge staff have been using an impact protection vehicle (IPV) to assist with breakdowns.

The use of the IPV minimises the need for any closure of the bridge as it is a highly visible blocking vehicle which warns drivers of an obstruction.

The Tay Bridge Joint Board agreed to purchase the IPV, which is being used to protect any stranded vehicle until specialist third party recovery arrives.

Staff have been suggesting names for the new IPV and the Tay Road Bridge twitter account will be hosting a poll for the public to vote on the short list.

Previously, an in-house team had undertaken vehicle recoveries using a Spectacle Lift Recovery Vehicle, which is now at the end of its useful life.

Bridge Manager Alan Hutchison said: “This new Impact protection vehicle makes breakdowns on the bridge safer; it is a versatile vehicle that also gives us the opportunity to isolate obstructions and carry out carriageway inspections and repairs safely when the bridge is open.

“We’ve had to change the way we deal with breakdowns because vehicles are becoming more complicated, with large SUV 4x4 and electric vehicles now common and therefore in-house recovery is no longer practical for us.

Vehicles that have broken down on the northbound direction of travel will be taken to the Tay Road Bridge Administration Office Car Park, and those that have broken down on the southbound direction of travel will be taken to the Tay Road Bridge Fife Car Park. This new service is free to anyone who should find themselves stranded on the bridge.



Tay Road Bridge Walkway Access Map

Updated date: 27/06/2017 - 14:29

We now have a very handy map to explain the best way to access the bridge walkway from Dundee. You can download and print this map off by clicking on the pdf link. The map also has some interesting facts about the Tay Road Bridge.

The bridge walkway is an excellent vantage point for viewing Dundee and North Fife and is a very enjoyable walk, and links up with the Fife coastal path for the more adventurous. See Visit Scotland website for more details at

Please be aware that the walkway is shared pedestrian and cycle use, and we ask that cyclists give way to pedestrians at all times. It is noisy on the bridge even in nice weather and pedestrians cannot always hear cyclists approaching. Cyclists must be prepared to slow down and stop if necessary. Thank you for your co-operation.


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.