Safety calls for fatal junction

Rachel Hamilton MSP  at Leadburn Junction near Penicuik.
Rachel Hamilton MSP at Leadburn Junction near Penicuik.

Calls have been made by the Scottish Conservatives for increased safety measures at the notorious Leadburn Junction near Penicuik,

The party has sent a letter to the chief executive of Midlothian Council calling for improvements to the junction, which has been the site of serious road accidents in recent years, including a double fatality last month.

In 2015,Transport Scotland revealed, there were 255 road casualties in Midlothian.

Rachael Hamilton, Conservative Southof Scotland MSP said: “Above all else the safety of our roads must be an absolute priority. Unfortunately, what Transport Scotland has found is the safety of our roads here is anything but.

“We need to improve the safety of the roads immediately and we can start by improving Leadburn Junction.

“Together with my Scottish Conservative colleagues we have asked Midlothian Council to take urgent action and make this junction safe by asking the council to erect temporary traffic lights at the junction and outline an action plan of how the junction will be made safer.

“We need safer roads and better maintained roads – the two are not separate issues, but interlinked and need to be treated as a single issue for the good of our road users.”

A spokesman for Midlothian Council said: “We have had an initial meeting with Police Scotland to discuss the recent accident. At this time the accident is still under investigation. Once this is concluded, a further meeting will take place to establish whether any road infrastructure improvements should be considered.”

Audit Scotland found that in Midlothian the number of council-maintained roads in acceptable condition from 2011/12 to 2014/15 declined.