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 Welcoming the introduction of the Forth Crossing Bill in the Scottish Parliament, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

“This marks another significant step on the journey towards the construction of this vital link in Scotland’s transport infrastructure. The new Forth Crossing is essential to maintaining the free flow of people and goods up and down the East Coast and we welcome the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to the completion of this project by 2016.

“However we continue to seek early clarification on the financing of this key project. Construction must commence by 2011 if it is to be completed on time, yet very little of the £2.3 billion cost of the bridge has so far been budgeted. Politicians must agree a funding route soon or else we risk the high cost of service reductions on the existing bridge.”