MOTORISTS planning to use the Erskine Bridge this weekend are being advised that there could be significant delays.

Road bosses are urging drivers to take this into account in their journey planning with above deck routine inspection and maintenance painting continuing.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane so maintenance teams can inspect supporting cables as part of a £210,000 project to “protect the long-term integrity” of the crossing.

The closure will be in place every Saturday and Sunday from 8am until 6pm until October 8 – with the exception of September 30 to October 1, due to other works on the A82.

Delays of 15 minutes had originally been forecast by our traffic monitoring contractor, however hold ups of up to half an hour and more were experienced by some travellers.

Scotland TranServ’s Major Bridges Manager, Peter McCann said: "We have been working in consultation with Transport Scotland, Police Scotland and the local authorities to revise the traffic management element of our works following last weekend’s significant delays.

"Lanes will now only be coned off in the immediate area of work, with the bridge reinstated to full lanes after that, while we will try to move traffic management as far away from the on-slip to still allow our contractors to work as safely and efficiently as possible."

There are plans to extend the hours of working from 8am to 6pm each Saturday and Sunday to 7am until 7pm on these days.

Drivers are advised to carefully plan their journeys and to check @trafficscotland for the latest roads information.