Mike Rumbles MSP, this week, joined fellow Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee members for a tour of the new and much anticipated Firth of Forth bridge.
The Forth Replacement Crossing, or Queensferry Crossing, is expected to be open to the public in June 2017, and will shoulder the bulk of traffic crossing the firth soon after.
Mr Rumbles said: “The on-site team have done a remarkable job. I count myself very lucky to have had a close up of all the work that has gone into the project.
“Like many from the North East who regularly use the Forth Road Bridge, I am very much looking forward to the increased capacity the new crossing will bring. But I do have concerns that it will not be ready for the busy summer months next year.
“The project has been hounded with delays, and despite Scottish Government assurances and repeated promises, there is a lot of work to be done before the crossing is finished. Much of that work will need to be carried out over the unpredictable and gruelling winter months.
“If I were the first Minister I wouldn't be planning to drive over the bridge on the 1st June!”