Sheriffhall roundabout upgrade plans

Sherifhall Roundabout, City Bypass

Sherifhall Roundabout, City Bypass

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Lothian MSP Miles Briggs (Con) is to table further written Parliamentary questions to the Scottish Government about their plans to improve the Edinburgh city by-pass.

This comes after a new study published by Inrix Roadways Analytics suggested four of the worst traffic bottlenecks in the whole of the UK occur on the by-pass.

Previously Miles has challenged Ministers to do more to set out plans to upgrade the by-pass amid concerns from Lothian constituents and businesses about capacity issues and increased congestion.

Mr Briggs, who will next week at Question Time in Parliament press the Transport Minister on the Sheriffhall roundabout upgrade plans, said: “This is a concerning report but will sadly come as little surprise to many constituents and Lothian businesses who are fed up of lengthy delays and being stuck in long queues on the by-pass, especially at peak times.

“As the region’s population grows and a significant number of new houses are due to be built in areas along the bypass, the Scottish Government should be undertaking immediate and detailed work to prepare this key arterial route for the extra traffic it can expect to carry in future.

“I will be tabling further Parliamentary questions on this subject and will continue to press the Scottish Government to address the concerns of constituents and businesses in my region about this strategically important transport link which is vital for the area’s future economic growth.”

Transport Scotland is holding a public exhibition to present the emerging options for the future of Sheriffhall roundabout at the Sheriffhall Park & Ride Terminal Building, A7 Old Dalkeith Road, Danderhall EH22 1FF this coming Tuesday and Wednesday (December 6 & 7).