Village rat run caused by Old Dalkeith Road closure

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THE closure of the Old Dalkeith Road has seen a hike in the speed and volume of traffic through Lugton, say villagers.

The A6106 – a major commuter link between Dalkeith and Edinburgh – has been shut since July after subsidence caused cracks to appear. A diversion is in place, via Melville Gate Road and along the B6392 and A6094. However, some drivers are using Lugton Brae to avoid the longer route.

Ann Stewart-Kmicha told a meeting of Dalkeith Community Council: “It’s a straight road, and the speed of the traffic is very worrying. Cars have already been damaged and there are heavy lorries using the road.”

Kate Markus, of Lugton Road, said: “Normally there is hardly any traffic, but now it is really busy. I’ve noticed that the number 49 bus has started using the road. I have two young kids and it is a worry.”

David Worrall, also of Lugton Road, added: “People are going to cut through here if they can but we are now seeing lorries and double-decker buses – it’s a bit of a joke.”

Read full story in the August 23 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.