At its meeting on 16 December 2015 the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee agreed to hold an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the closure of the Forth Road Bridge. Specifically, the remit of the inquiry is:
“To examine the management, monitoring and maintenance of the Forth Road Bridge principally in the 10 year period prior to its closure on public safety grounds in December 2015.”
While the Committee understands that the closure of the Bridge has brought frustration to travellers and significant impact upon many businesses, it agreed that its inquiry will focus on the structural defects identified and whether these could have been avoided or dealt with differently. The Committee acknowledged that these related and hugely important issues might however be investigated at a later stage.
The Committee has issued a call for written evidence asking for any information or views pertaining to the management, monitoring and maintenance of the Forth Road Bridge. The Committee will also hold a series of oral evidence sessions in January and February 2016 with a view to publishing a report on its findings prior to dissolution in March 2016.
Read the call for evidence and find out how to contribute here
Read the written submissions received
On 20 January 2016, the Committee received oral evidence from representatives of Transport Scotland, Amey, Arup and Fairhurst.
Official Report 20 January 2016
On 27 January 2016, the Committee received oral evidence from representatives of the former Forth Estuary Transport Authority (FETA).
Official Report 27 January 2016
On 3 February 2016, the Committee received oral evidence from bridge experts.
Official Report 3 February 2016
On 24 February 2016, the Committee received oral evidence from the Minister for Transport and Islands.
Official Report 24 February 2016
The Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee published its 4th Report, 2016 (Session 4): Inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the closure of the Forth Road Bridge on 11 March 2016.
The debate on the inquiry took place in the Scottish Parliament on 15 March 2016. You can read the Official Report of the debate here:
Official Report 15 March 2016