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SHERIFFHALL DELAYS GO ON... AND ON...

December 2020: Yet another delay. Traffic Scotland were to deliver a presentation to the City Region Deal joint committee on 4th December 2020, sadly this presentation was withdrawn. 

I have once again written to Transport Minister Michael Matheson MSP to request a meeting. Please see letter below.

Meanwhile in the land of the living, severe congestion, accidents and injuries continue at Scotland’s most dangerous roundabout. Grade separation is not only essential for improved safety and traffic flow, but also for accessibility and the safety of non-motorised users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

Newton Village resident Raymond Diamond, who is an avid walker refuses to go beyond Sheriffhall, saying “Sheriffhall is too difficult for me to navigate so I avoid it when I’m out for a stroll. Dare I say that had Sheriffhall been located in the west of Scotland it would have been upgraded years ago”. Danderhall resident Eric Bunyan said “I enjoy going out on my bicycle during the summer months, but I just don’t have the confidence to go near Sheriffhall”.

This upgrade is not about increasing capacity for car travel (which would counter our efforts to tackle climate change), it’s about resolving the severe congestion, decreasing pollution, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries, improving traffic flow and accessibility.

Whether we like it or not, the car is here to stay irrespective of the fuel that drivess it, and as yet our public transport services do not have the capacity to commute the 52% of Midlothian’s working population to and from Edinburgh.

Grade separation (flyover) is urgently required, and I will continue to pressure MSP’s of all parties to make sure they deliver on their commitment to Sheriffhall and Midlothian.

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