£120m Edinburgh City Bypass flyover plans to go on public display

Proposals aimed at easing congestion on the Edinburgh City Bypass by constructing a flyover at Sheriffhall roundabout are to go on public display.

Thursday, 5th December 2019, 12:10 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th December 2019, 1:09 pm

Following the publication of draft orders for the A720 Sheriffhall roundabout scheme today, local communities and road users will get a chance to see the plans at public exhibitions later this month.

The Scottish Government announced the flyover plans in 2017 in a bid to tackle congestion and long delays and the A720 City Bypass.

Funding for the revamp of what has been dubbed “Edinburgh’s worst roundabout” was included in the Capital’s £1 billion City Deal.

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The junction at Sheriffhall roundabout is notorious as one of the Capital's busiest.

Estimates on the scheme put its cost at around £120 million.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “Sheriffhall roundabout is a well-known bottleneck for motorists using the Edinburgh City Bypass. As the only junction on the A720 trunk road which is not grade-separated, it is often the scene of congestion and significant queuing, particularly at morning and evening peak times.

“The Scottish Government remains committed to delivering improvements at this busy junction and having undertaken detailed development and assessment of the preferred option are now able to publish draft orders for the scheme.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to attend the exhibitions on 18 and 19 December to see our proposals or view the material online and give us their views.”

Councillor Adam McVey, Convenor of the Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region Deal Joint Committee said: “We welcome this important milestone in delivering the improvements to the Sheriffhall roundabout, a scheme that is being taken forward as part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

“It is important that everyone with an interest in the scheme has a chance to comment and the exhibitions later this month provide locals and road users with a chance to do so.”

Public exhibitions of the plans will be held at Dalkeith's St Nicholas Buccleuch Parish Church and at Sheriffhall Park and Ride, Old Dalkeith Road, on the 18 and 19 December respectively.