Midlothian Council unveils strategy for Borders Rail ‘corridor’

The A701 at Straiton Retail Park looking West towards Penicuik.
The A701 at Straiton Retail Park looking West towards Penicuik.

A dual carriageway alternative to the A701 has been mooted as part of plans to alleviate congestion on the Edinburgh-to-Dumfries road.

The designs are unveiled in the new Midlothian Local Development Plan (LDP) – a 100-page document which outlines Midlothian Council’s development strategy
and planning policy framework.

Consent for a realigned A701 is already in place. If constructed, a new road would, according to the LDP, provide good strategic access to the A701 corridor, with the existing road providing improved local access, public transport priority and enhanced provision for cycling.

However, economic factors, ground conditions and difficult engineering problems have made it unlikely that the consented road scheme will be a reality, and work has been carried out to come up with alternative road alignments.

Two variations on the potential new roadline have been suggested. Both provide for a single carriageway road; however, the LDP states that there would be space to dual this, should growth in the corridor continue apace.

Read full story in the August 15 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.