Questions over funding for Sheriffhall flyover

Confusion has deepened over £802,000 funding earmarked for a cycle bridge at Sheriffhall.

Transport Scotland and Midlothian Council have issued conflicting statements on if and how the money was spent.

Last week’s Advertiser revealed how the council had used the borrowing consent, awarded by the Scottish Government in 1999 for a flyover at Sheriffhall roundabout, on other projects.

It said: “As the bridge was not built because of, among other challenges, delays in acquiring land, the consent was used that year [2000 to 2001] to help complete various other capital projects.”

But Transport Scotland has offered conflicting information.

A spokesman said: “This allocation for Midlothian Council was time specific and it lapsed without being used.”

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