New images and video show how new Sheriffhall flyover will look like for Edinburgh drivers

The images and video have been released by the Scottish Government.

Thursday, 19th December 2019, 2:41 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th December 2019, 2:42 pm

Imagery showing what the planned flyover at the Sheriffhall roundabout has been released by Transport Scotland.

Graphics and a computer-generated video, courtesy of Transport Scotland, show how the new roundabout will look like once it is completed.

The video takes viewers on a virtual tour of the roundabout and flyover, which is being built in an attempt to reduce the high levels of congestion experienced by drivers on the bypass at peak times at Sheriffhall.

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New imagery showing how the new flyover could look like (Photo: Transport Scotland)

Proposals for the new flyover, an enlarged eight arm roundabout and nearly two miles of cycle and pedestrian paths, have been on display at St Nicholas Buccleuch Parish Church and Sheriffhall Park and Ride.

Development will 'improve journey times'

Cabinet secretary for transport, Michael Matheson, said the development would improve road safety and journey times.

He said: "Sheriffhall roundabout is the only at-grade junction on the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass and is a well-known bottleneck, often the scene of significant queuing particularly at morning and evening peak times.

A map showing the new layout of Sheriffhall roundabout (Photo: Transport Scotland)

“The Scottish Government remains committed to delivering improvements at this busy junction and having undertaken detailed development and assessment of the preferred option, we published draft orders for the scheme earlier this month.

“The scheme design will see a new flyover arrangement for traffic travelling on the City Bypass, separating local traffic from the strategic traffic on the bypass and will allow the traffic on the bypass to flow freely, improving road safety and journey times for all road users."

The £120m scheme has been delayed for two years after plans were first mooted in 2017, and despite funding no firm timetable has been announced prior to planning permission being granted.

Mr Matheson added: “As part of our commitment to improve active travel facilities across the country, our plans for the scheme also include nearly 2 miles of active travel routes with five dedicated subways under the new roundabout providing links to nearby NMU (non-motorised user) routes.

New imagery showing how the new flyover could look like (Photo: Transport Scotland)

"This means that cyclists and pedestrians will no longer have to compete with road traffic when negotiating the busy junction but instead will have their own safer dedicated alternative for accessing the nearby NMU routes and local roads served by the roundabout, transforming the way they cross the city bypass.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to attend the exhibitions today and tomorrow to see our proposals or view the material online and give us their views.”

'A huge opportunity'

Edinburgh City Council leader Adam McVey said the investment is a "huge opportunity".

New imagery showing how the new flyover could look like (Photo: Transport Scotland)

He said: “We are determined to promote sustainable transport and to see facilities for public transport, cyclists and pedestrians significantly improved.

“This investment is a huge opportunity and I would encourage everyone with an interest in the scheme to come along to this week’s exhibitions to see them in detail and share their views.”