Tay Road Bridge bosses spend £100k on recovery vehicle to improve safety

Bridge manager Alan Hutchison

Tay Road Bridge bosses have splashed cash on a new £100,000 specialist breakdown safety vehicle.

The impact protection vehicle (IPV), a highly visible traffic management unit, is designed to help manage bridge closures and recovery risks on the route.

Motorists will have access to the service free of charge, with bosses saying it will safely block any stranded vehicle until specialist third party recoveries arrive.

Bridge manager Alan Hutchison said: “We get about 60 breakdowns a year and until now we have been using a spectacle lift recovery. With the plethora of vehicles on the road now, it just wasn’t versatile enough.

“We were getting vehicles that we couldn’t recover and we had to just cone them in. I thought that was too great a risk to the public.

“This will help improve public safety and reduce bridge closure times by allowing specialists to come in and clear away any vehicles or debris far more safely and quickly.”

Motorists travelling north will be taken to the bridge’s administration office in Marine Parade, while those travelling southbound will be taken to the Fife car park on the other side.

The IPV was bought with the agreement of the Tay Bridge Joint Board and staff have already begun suggesting names for the new addition.

The Tay Road Bridge Twitter account will be hosting a poll for the public to vote on the shortlist over the next few weeks, with the winner expected to be announced soon.

Yvonne Rice, one of a group of staff trained to drive the vehicle, revealed she had already been out on a breakdown involving a bus.

She said: “The passengers were really pleased to have us there keeping them safe and knowing nobody was going to be driving into the back of them.”