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MSPs throw support behind Forth bridge in project 'milestone'

Plans for the new £2 billion Forth Replacement Crossing have received overwhelming support by MSPs following a debate at Holyrood.

Only three MSPs opposed the plans, with 113 votes in favour of the project’s construction.

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson described the vote as “an important milestone”.

Earlier this month a Holyrood committee, set up to scrutinise the plans, also lent its support to the scheme but called for the rules on construction practices to be strengthened to try to minimise disruption to local residents and road users.

The Forth Crossing Bill must now be approved by Holyrood before the bridge can be built.