Plans on the right road

The dotted red line shows the relief road options on the right and the spur road on the left.
The dotted red line shows the relief road options on the right and the spur road on the left.

The council has approved spending £1.4 million of developer contributions on preparatory works for a new A701 relief road and A702 spur road.

To relieve traffic congestion on the existing A701 and to provide a new link road between the A703 and the A702, the existing A701 would become a primary route for public transport, walking and cycling, while the new A702 spur road would provide improved access to the Easter Bush campus, where major science-based academic, research and manufacturing premises are located.

There will be no cost to the council for the preparatory work, which is expected to begin this autumn.

Speaking at the last full council meeting Councillor Colin Cassidy (SNP) said: “I welcome this report and I think this is an essential piece of work that is going to greatly benefit Midlothian.”