THE Queensferry Crossing and Forth Road Bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions this Saturday night.

The closure is to allow Transport Scotland’s operating company BEAR Scotland to test the implementation of an emergency diversion.

All traffic is set to be diverted via the Kincardine Bridge from 10pm until approximately 8am on the morning of Sunday, December 13.

This will add an estimated 36 miles and 40 minutes to affected journeys.

The west footpath on the Forth Road Bridge will remain open to cyclists and pedestrians.

Chris Tracey, BEAR Scotland’s south east unit bridges manager, said: “I’d like to thank bridge users in advance for their patience and understanding.”