Jacobs supported by Faber Maunsell were commissioned by Transport Scotland to undertake the Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR). The STPR commission involves identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the Scottish strategic transport network, identifying gaps between the future demand and capacity of the network and producing a prioritised list of interventions for the period 2012-2022. The commission also covers a study of the Forth Replacement Crossing Study (FRCS) and this element of the work will be reported as follows:

  • Report 1: Network Performance;
  • Report 2: Gaps and Shortfalls;
  • Report 3: Option Generation and Sifting;
  • Report 4: Appraisal Report; and
  • Report 5: Final Report.

This is the second of these reports: Report on Gaps and Shortfalls.

The objective of this report is to establish the high level expectations for transport network performance on and in the vicinity of, the Forth Road Bridge and Forth (rail) Bridge, over the ten year period from 2012 taking cognisance of the emerging Government policies and action plans. These high level expectations will be used to determine strategic transport network objectives and consequently identify disparity between desired and forecast performance levels, such that potential interventions can be identified and prioritised.

The FRCS methodology involves the following:

  • review of relevant publications to establish the high level expectations for the performance of the transport network in the medium to long-term;
  • review of all consultation undertaken to date by the Forth Estuary Transport Authority (FETA) and South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran) and others in relation to high level expectations;
  • translation of these high level expectations into Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely (SMART) transport objectives;
  • identify any gaps and shortfalls between the future performance and expectations of the transport network in the vicinity of the Forth bridges in 2012, 2017 and 2022; and
  • set these SMART transport objectives within a framework which allows gaps and shortfalls to be prioritised.


Following this introductory chapter, the remainder of this report is set out as follows:

  • Chapter two – Overview of current and developing policies and action plans;
  • Chapter three – Review of consultation;
  • Chapter four – Development of SMART transport objectives;
  • Chapter five – Identification of gaps and shortfalls; and
  • Chapter six – Recommendations and conclusions.

In addition, Appendix A provides a detailed review of current and developing policies and action plans.