WEE COUNTY commuters should prepare for further traffic delays as the transport secretary has confirmed the Queensferry Crossing will remain shut until Wednesday, February 12.

Michael Matheson said this was due to "unique weather conditions" which caused a build-up of snow and ice on the bridge.

Motorists travelling southbound have been advised to divert via the A985 to the Kincardine Bridge and the M9, and the reverse for northbound traffic.

However, this has led to major congestion around Kincardine and Clackmannanshire Bridges.

As well as commuters reporting issues, Traffic Scotland have told drivers using Clackmannanshire or Kincardine Bridge to expect longer journey times.

It is likely this issue will continue until the crossing re-opens.

Mr Matheson said:“We are doing all we can to mitigate the impacts of this closure. 

“Looking ahead we will implement constant monitoring of the Queensferry Crossing, when similar weather conditions are expected. With a particular focus on the areas we now know as vulnerable to this ice accumulation.

"We are taking steps to improve our traffic management response to any incidents so that ice can be cleared and any risk minimised.

“Given the weather forecast for similar cold conditions, we expect this will be during the course of Wednesday [February 12] and we will provide further updates as soon as they become available.

"Safety of the travelling public is paramount and we will reopen the bridge as soon as it is safe to do so.

“I appreciate the frustration this closure may cause and I very much appreciate the public’s patience and co-operation at this time.”