Erskine Bridge reopens after closure to allow Greenpeace yacht to pass


The Erskine Bridge reopened to traffic after being closed for nearly two hours to allow a Greenpeace yacht to pass underneath.

Traffic Scotland has confirmed that Scottish police have requested the road be closed from 2.30pm this afternoon “for public safety”.

Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior activists are making their way up the Clyde towards Glasgow where the COP26 climate summit is currently taking place.

The route reopened around 4:05 pm this afternoon, with the Rainbow Warrior safely – albeit narrowly – passing below just before 4pm.

Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior yacht sailed up the Clyde on Monday

During the shutdown, there were concerns that ambulances would be heading to and from the nearest A&E service from Alexandria and Dumbarton to Paisley.

A Save the Vale member told the Lennox Herald this afternoon: “The A82 is blocked and no emergency services will be able to access any of the hospitals with A&E facilities.”

There are disruptions around town due to the climate change conference and it is understood that there are also traffic jams at the Clyde Tunnel, another major route on the river.

Yesterday, port authorities refused the Rainbow Warrior’s request to dock in Glasgow, but Greenpeace said the captain had “decided to ignore the warnings” and would attempt to dock later that evening.


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