§ Sir J. Gilmour
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the estimated traffic usage of the Forth Road Bridge; and how this compares with the actual usage to the latest convenient date.
§ Mr. Ross
In proposing a 2s. 6d. toll, the Joint Board assumed that at least 5,000,000 vehicles would use the bridge in the first year. During the ten weeks from its opening until 13th November, 1,055,000 vehicles have crossed the bridge. It is difficult to compare this with the Board's assumption, partly because of seasonal considerations and partly because the figures suggest that traffic was quite exceptionally heavy during the first few weekends.