Calls for new road to ease Edinburgh Airport traffic bottlenecks

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Plans to construct a second access road to alleviate traffic congestion around Edinburgh Airport have been put back on the table.

Proposals for the road were first touted in 2016 – but now Conservative councillor Cameron Rose has called for officers to look at options in “achieving supplementary road access within a short timescale”.

Motorists can only access the airport along Eastfield Road as the council gets set to bring forward options and costings for a second route, possibly from Gogar.

Speaking at the council’s housing and economy Committee, Cllr Rose said: “Everybody accepts that a huge weakness in the infrastructure is this issue of access.

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“I’m very keen that progress is made, that it’s treated with priority.”

Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport

He added: “This is not something that just affects the economy – it affects people who get snarled up in the traffic jams and there’s a vulnerability with any emergency situation or a collision.

“There’s a mosaic of complexity but it’s our responsibility to cut through that and this is necessary, soon.”

The motion was backed by Liberal Democrat Cllr Kevin Lang, who pointed out the economic potential of developing the western corridor and ensuring public transport is prioritised in any new route.

He added: “A new access road via Gogar would not just be the right thing for the airport, it would also help to realise that potential around Ingliston and with respect to the International Business Gateway.”

Councillor Lezley Marion Cameron backed the proposals on behalf of the council administration.

She said: “It highlights the importance of infrastructure to taking forward Edinburgh’s economy. I’m pleased there seems to be cross-party support.”

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Councillor Norman Work pointed out that when events are held at Ingliston, “the place grinds to a halt”.

Airport chiefs welcomed proposals for a second access road being pushed forward.

An airport spokesman said: “The number of passengers coming through the airport has grown 60 per cent in the past five years so moves to ease pressure on the existing road infrastructure, particularly Eastfield Road, will be welcomed.

“We’ve been working with the council and others on solutions and have offered to fund and build a new road to ease congestion on Eastfield Road. Discussions have been positive and we are glad to see this issue moving up the priority list.

“Clearly the issue of congestion is something we all have a part to play in and we are looking at a range of measures to control it – this access road plays an important part in that.”