Resurfacing work on the Edinburgh City Bypass in October

Thursday September 15th 2022


The Edinburgh City Bypass on slip road at the Lothianburn junction.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Overnight works to renew the road surface on a section of the eastbound A720 Edinburgh City Bypass between Lothianburn and Straiton are set to begin on Thursday 6 October.

Transport Scotland’s operating company BEAR Scotland will carry out the project over five nights.

For the safety of workers and road users, the eastbound A720 will be closed between Lothianburn Junction and Straiton Junction from 20:30 to 06:00 each night.

During these overnight closures, a diversion route will be signposted for eastbound traffic from Lothianburn to Straiton via the A702, B701 and A701. This diversion will add an estimated 3.6 miles and 6 minutes to affected journeys.

Consultation has taken place with relevant stakeholders in advance of these works to make them aware of the traffic management arrangements and to minimise any inconvenience.

Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s South East Network Manager, said: “These surfacing improvements on the A720 between Lothianburn and Straiton will address and repair defects in the road surface such as potholes and cracks, creating safer and smoother journeys for motorists.

“It is essential for safety that we close the carriageway during these works, however we’ve scheduled them to be carried out during overnight hours to minimise any disruption.

“We thank motorists in advance for their patience while our teams carry out these improvements.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on, twitter at @trafficscotland or the mobile site

All work is weather dependent and subject to postponement or cancellation in the event of adverse conditions.

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