A split in a steel girder and the raw power of nature seems to have brought Scotland to a standstill. Storm Desmond is giving us a battering and between the wind and rain, several of our main roads have been closed. The M8, M9 and M90 all closed. The M8 was due to an accident, but I’m sure the weather payed its part.
Then the Forth Road bridge closure. I am so grateful that I no longer have to cross the bridge twice a day to get to and from work. The closure of this main route between Edinburgh and Fife until 2016 will be horrendous. 35 mile detours and long tailbacks will add untold stress and misery for journeys which cannot be deferred.
But, thank God for the boys and girls who check the bridge and who spotted this fault. By all accounts, it’s in a very difficult to access spot. But spot it they did, and they will work hard to fix it. Even though it will be technically difficult and, I have no doubt, dangerous, these brave engineers will work to make the bridge safe.
So, the next few weeks will be hideous. We are into winter, and I am sure the weather will continue to make things more difficult for already exasperated travellers and those charged with making the bridge safe again.
But the alternative would be much, much worse.
So please, keep safe, allow extra time for your journey, and make sure you have emergency supplies in the car just in case you need them.