City Bypass traffic jams

Sheriffhall Roundabout.
Sheriffhall Roundabout.

Midlothian Lib Dems are calling for urgent action to address congestion on the Edinburgh City Bypass following data showing the route has the most traffic jams in Scotland.

The study by Inrix Roadways Analytics shows that the City Bypass has the fourth,fifth, nith and tenth worst bottlenecks in the UK.

Commenting on the congestion, Liberal Democrat campaigner, Ross Laird, said: “The Edinburgh City Bypass is of fundamental importance to Midlothian.

“It is in many ways the lifeline for businesses, commuters and the travelling public to the rest of Scotland. It is therefore vital that measures are taken to address these hotspots.

“Congestion on the bypass is also now affecting major commuter routes in and out of Edinburgh – particularly the A702 and A701.

“It is high time that the Scottish Government, in conjunction with the council, invest in these routes and also look at finally introducing bus services that would help take traffic off the road.”

Lothian MSP Miles Briggs (Con)has promised to table further written Parliamentary questions to the Scottish Government about their plans to improve the city by-pass in the wake of this report.

The study comes as a public consultation was held by Transport Scotland earlier this week on plans to improve Sheriffhall Roundabout, with five options earmarked, including grade separation and a bridge over the A720.