THERE will be lane closures on the Erskine Bridge on the next two Sundays, transport bosses have announced.

The fast lanes will be closed from 4am to 12pm on July 8 and 15 and Scotland TranServ said the work would not be as intrusive as last year thanks to their new way of accessing the bridge deck.

Work is part of routine inspection and maintenance painting of the supporting cables.

There will be estimated delays of up to 20 minutes on both mornings and drivers will be kept updated through Traffic Scotland and overhead gantry signs.

Peter McCann, Scotland TranServ’s Major Bridges Manager said: “Earlier this year we installed a number of access hatches to the bridge deck, making it far easier for our workers and contractors to access the towers and supporting cables.

"Because of this we won’t require the same extent of traffic management as last year’s similar cable painting programme.

“We have worked closely with local authorities and major stakeholders to schedule the programme around the busy summer season, avoiding major events and at a time that shouldn’t impact too greatly on the travelling public.

"Our experienced contractors, Spencer Group and COWI will capitalise on the earlier sunrise to carry out these establishing works. Once the cradle is secured in place there will be no further impact on the travelling public while works are completed.”

Andy Fraser, Scotland TranServ’s Operating Company Representative added: “With more than 40,000 vehicles using the Erskine Bridge every day, it’s one of Scotland’s busiest river crossings.

"Balancing the need to maintain the structure while reducing the impact of our works is a constant challenge. This year we aim to deliver these long-term benefits to commuters, businesses and tourists alike with improved efficiency, keeping disruption to a minimum throughout.”