THE QUEENSFERRY Crossing reopened at 10.45am today, with bridge operators and weather forecasters now confident that the risk of ice and snow accumulating and falling from the cables has passed.

Clacks commuters were warned to brace for further disruption on the roads as the Queensferry Crossing looked set to remain closed today (Wednesday, February 12).

However, the bridge has now reopened and proactive monitoring will continue throughout the day.

Mark Arndt, account director for operating company Amey, said: “We thank drivers for their patience and understanding during this closure.

"Safety had to come first, however the data we have gathered has improved our understanding of the issue and will help us to improve predictions and refine operating procedures in future.”

The crossing initially closed on Monday, February 10, due to severe weather conditions causing a build-up of snow and ice – which was falling from the bridge’s cables.

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

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

It was anticipated that the traffic problems would continue today with the closure still in place, however the bridge has now reopened.