Sheriffhall progress promised

Sheriffhall Roundabout, City Bypass
Sheriffhall Roundabout, City Bypass

The Scottish Government has promised progress on improvements to Sheriffhall Roundabout after the Minister for Transport was quizzed about it in Holyrood last week.

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative MSP for Lothian, tabled a series of Parliamentary questions following contact from constituents about the City Bypass – including the Sheriffhall Roundabout – and he was not happy with the answers from Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.

Mr Briggs said: “Improvements at Sheriffhall Roundabout have been talked about for years now.

“It is vital that this bottleneck, which is one of the worst blockage points in the trunk road network in Scotland, is upgraded, both in terms of road safety and the area’s economic competitiveness.

“ I will continue to press Ministers to recognise that the significant number of homes being planned for the region is going to put real pressure on the road from additional commuters and vehicles.

“It needs to make plans now to ensure this key trunk road is able to cope in future given that it is already very congested at peak times.”

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “The Scottish Government remains committed to delivering improvements at Sheriffhall roundabout and work to identify a preferred option for the grade separation of Sheriffhall roundabout is continuing.

“The junction improvement options under consideration will be presented to the public for comment later this year and it is expected that the option assessment process will be completed by the end of this financial year.

“We are duty bound to properly follow the correct statutory procedures which rightly include consultation with communities, landowners and others with a direct interest in the scheme.

“It would be inappropriate to prejudge the outcome of that process before we progress the scheme through that critical step.”