Bypass emergency laybys to be upgraded next week

Thursday September 2nd 2021


The Edinburgh City bypass, A720, between Straiton and Lothianburn.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

A section of the A720 between Straiton and Lothianburn is set to benefit from upgrades to emergency laybys next week.

The work will take place overnight, commencing Thursday 9 September at 20:30 until 6:00 on Friday 10 September.

In order to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible, a full closure of both the eastbound and westbound carriageways between Straiton and Lothianburn will be required. Traffic management will be removed after the nightshift concludes at 6:00 and both lanes will reopen to the travelling public.

The work, which is part of the recent layby improvement schemes on the A720, will see the current laybys upgraded to ensure vehicles have a safe space to stop in an emergency.

Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s South East Representative, commented:

“This £179,000 project will update the eastbound and westbound emergency laybys, improving the safety for motorists.

“We’ve arranged for the work to be carried out overnight to limit the impact felt by road users, and our team will do all that they can to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible.

“We advise all road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking Traffic Scotland for up to date journey information.”

Real time journey planning information is available from Traffic Scotland on or twitter @trafficscotland.

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