Speed restrictions on the new Queensferry Crossing have been raised as part of the ongoing, phased introduction of the managed crossing strategy across the Forth.
The previous 40mph speed limit had been in place during construction of the bridge and tie-ins with the road network and existing Forth Road Bridge (FRB). As these works reach their final phases, the limit on the M90 across the Forth can now be safely raised to 50mph between Scotstoun in the south and Admiralty in the north.
This follows the first stage of reopening the FRB for public transport use last month. Scheduled public buses began using the older bridge on October 13 and the necessary works to allow other buses, taxis and motorcycles to join them on the FRB are nearing completion.
Full motorway and public transport corridor regulations are expected to come into force later in the year.
Once the new bridge is a fully operational motorway, the national speed limit will be implemented – apart from when the variable mandatory speed limit is in place, as dictated by the Intelligent Transport System.
Transport Scotland said the normal statutory processes are underway to allow the bridge to move to motorway status and successful completion of the Roads Orders will conclude the required formalities.