Sheriffhall flyover option chosen

Sheriffhall Roundabout.
Sheriffhall Roundabout.

The Scottish Government has chosen its preferred option for the highly anticipated redevelopment of the notorious Sheriffhall roundabout.

Three options were set out to improve the bottleneck junction in December.

The Scottish Government's preffered option for the redevelopment of Sheriffhall Roundabout.

The Scottish Government's preffered option for the redevelopment of Sheriffhall Roundabout.

On Monday the Scottish Government revealed its preferred option of a flyover, which will keep local routes on the A7 and A6106 separate from the A720 traffic, while local roads will also be served by a new, larger roundabout.

Transport minister Humza Yousaf said: “We will now take forward the design work to the next stage, which is the detailed development and assessment of the preferred option, with a view to publishing draft orders for the scheme in 2019 for formal comment.”

Midlothian North MSP Colin Beattie (SNP) welcomed the news.

He said: “It is good to hear that plans are being set in place for the further development of this important intersection.

“Sheriffhall roundabout is a busy junction that has long awaited changes to improve the flow of traffic.

“I recognise that the speed of these improvements is not ideal, and I acknowledge that many have raised concerns in regards to this issue, but it’s important that we take the time to get this right instead of rushing in and getting it wrong.

“It is my hope that this option will minimise future problems and will benefit Midlothian in the years to come.”