This Health Impact Assessment (HIA)
presents a high-level appraisal of the possible health effects of
the Forth Replacement Crossing project (the proposed scheme). The
purpose of an HIA is to assess any potential health consequences of
the proposals, to use this information to make recommendations to
reduce the risk of adverse health effects and, where possible, to
improve the health outcomes resulting from the proposal.
Issues that can influence health and wellbeing include changes
to people’s environmental, social and economic conditions.
This HIA identifies the potential for effects on human health and
wellbeing based on currently available information on the proposed
scheme. It draws from the output and findings of a number of other
studies on the proposed scheme, including in particular the
Environmental Impact Assessment reported in the Environmental
Statement and the Design Manual for Roads & Bridges (DMRB)
Stage 3 Scheme Assessment Report.
The HIA takes into consideration the positive impacts of the
proposed scheme which, by providing a replacement traffic crossing
and thereby negating the risk of a closure or severe restriction in
crossing capacity, would prevent widespread socio-economic impacts
which would otherwise have adverse consequences for health and
Other positive and negative health effects have been identified
during construction and operation. These are generally of
negligible to minor magnitude. Effects may be more likely in the
areas close to the proposed new road connections to the north and
south of the Main Crossing.
Mitigation measures from the Environmental Statement considered
relevant to this HIA have been acknowledged and any further
mitigation considered necessary based on the results of the HIA has