MSP raises city bypass flooding with Transport Scotland

Thursday May 30th 2024


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

As one of the drivers affected by congestion caused by heavy rainfall and flooding on the A720 Edinburgh city bypass last Thursday, Midlothian South MSP Christine Grahame has written to Transport Scotland urging it to review contingency measures to deal with adverse weather on this busy commuter route.

Christine Grahame MSP initially raised the matter with the Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Energy in the Scottish Parliament chamber before writing to Transport Scotland’s Chief Executive.

Commenting, Ms Grahame said:

“As a regular user of the Edinburgh city bypass to get to and from constituency engagements, I am only too aware of the impact that congestion on this stretch can have on drivers.

“The flooding last week caused severe tailbacks and with extreme weather incidents like this on the increase, it is important that robust measures are in place to minimise congestion, such as perhaps temporarily opening sections of the central crash barriers while closing westbound traffic to allow eastbound cars to leave the bypass.

“I am particularly concerned about access for emergency services. As the A720 is not a motorway and has no hard shoulder, just emergency lay-bys, had an ambulance attending an emergency been required to access that route on the day in question, I am concerned that it too would have been severely delayed – which could affect those in need of urgent medical attention.

“That’s why I have written to Transport Scotland asking about the measures in place to deal with such incidents, including advance notification for drivers approaching the A720 via feeder roads and slip roads.”

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