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Tay Road Bridge

Volume 986: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how the volume of traffic using the Tay road bridge has been affected since the opening of the Friarton bridge ; and if he will make a statement.

Quarterly figures of vehicle crossings of the Tay road bridge in 1977, 1978, 1979 and the first quarter of 1980 are shown below. The reduction in traffic in 1979 is broadly in line with national traffic trends and so no conclusion can be drawn from the figures as to any effect the Friarton bridge may have had.

TAY ROAD BRIDGE
Vehicle numbersPercentage change*
1977—
1st quarter1,007,323—1·4
2nd quarter1,227,6130·0
3rd quarter1,361,942+ 1·0
4th quarter1,189,187+ 7·2
Annual4,786,065+ 1·7
1978—
1st quarter1,063,861+ 5·6
2nd quarter1,331,903+ 8·5
3rd quarter1,446,860+ 6·2
4th quarter1,197,275+0·7
Annual5,039,899+ 5·3
1979—
1st quarter1,046,029—1·7
2nd quarter1,316,601—1·1
3rd quarter—1,390,790—3·9
4th quarter1,240,619+ 3·6
Annual4,994,039—0·9
1980—
1st quarter1,113,230+6·4
* Percentage change on same quarter of previous year or in previous year's total.