Transport Scotland will not give date for Sheriffhall upgrade

Thursday November 14th 2019

Sheriffhall

Written by Midlothian View Editor, Phil Bowen

A Midlothian council officer has said that Transport Scotland will not give a completion date for the project to upgrade Sheriffhall Roundabout with a flyover.

The work to upgrade Sheriffhall is part of The South East Scotland City Regional Deal (CRD) which will see £1.3 billion invested in the region.

As the A720 is a trunk road, Transport Scotland is undertaking this project as part of the Scottish Government’s contribution to the City Region Deal. Transport Scotland has provided regular updates on this scheme, most recently to the City Deal Transport Appraisal Board in October 2019.

It advised that the project is on target with publication of draft Orders by the end of 2019, although it is not currently advising of a project completion date for the scheme.

As previously reported to Council, Scottish Government has allocated up to £120 million for this project.

When asked by councillors, at the full council meeting this week, as to why Transport Scotland will not give any dates, the council officer said it was because Transport Scotland do not know how many objections or appeals will be made against the project.

The council officer did say that cycle provision has improved in the design and that cyclists will be able to cross the upgraded junction separately from cars and lorries.

Junction improvements at Sheriffhall were identified as part of the Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR), published in December 2008.

You can watch the discussion about the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal Update by CLICKING HERE and going to section 8.3

To read the full report of Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal Update Click HERE.

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