A three-year maintenance programme for the iconic Forth Road Bridge in east central Scotland will cost £15m.

Major repair work will include replacing the worn-out bearings that are vital to maintain the structural integrity of the bridge and lifting a section of the carriageway at each end.

Engineers will use a specialist industrial jack to lift the carriageway. In order to get the jack in place, concrete supports will be added to the end of the piers in North and South Queensferry.

It will be the first time the bearings will be replaced since the bridge was built in 1964.

The Forth Estuary Transport Authority (FETA), which is overseeing the work will carry out most of the carriageway lifting and lowering work during off-peak times in the evening, to minimise disruption to drivers.