Comment: Sheriffhall flyover is essential to keep Edinburgh moving

The preferred optiong for the Sheriffhall flyover. Picture; contributed
The preferred optiong for the Sheriffhall flyover. Picture; contributed
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Plans to build a flyover on the city bypass at Sheriffhall are as welcome as they are overdue.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf’s announcement that the Scottish Government intends to siphon off local traffic heading between Edinburgh and Midlothian by creating a new roundabout underneath a revamped A720 is the only sensible option.

In truth, this must have been one of the easiest decisions he has ever had to make. The reality is that while it is genuinely good news for motorists it is not quite the boon it might first appear.

The traffic at Sheriffhall is already a nightmare with huge tailbacks at busy times. Over the next few years thousands of new homes will be built at Shawfair, Newcraighall and other nearby parts of Edinburgh, East and Midlothian.

Some are sensibly sited close to railway stations on the Waverley line, but a massive increase in road traffic is still inevitable.

Imagine what the traffic jams would be like on a Friday night with all those extra commuters and no change to the roads.

The disruption which the construction of the flyover will create will be well worth it. The work is simply essential to keeping the Capital moving.