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Iona Young

Edinburgh city bypass will close for five nights for essential resurfacing works

Edinburgh city bypass is set to be closed overnight for five nights to undergo essential resurfacing works.

Works to renew the road surface on a section of the eastbound A720 Edinburgh City Bypass between Lothianburn and Straiton are set to begin on Thursday 6 October.

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Transport Scotland’s operating company BEAR Scotland will carry out the project over the five nights and have said for the safety of workers and road users, the eastbound A720 will be closed between Lothianburn Junction and Straiton Junction from 20:30 to 06:00 each night.

During these overnight closures, a diversion route will be signposted for eastbound traffic from Lothianburn to Straiton via the A702, B701 and A701. This diversion will add an estimated 3.6 miles and 6 minutes to affected journeys.

Consultation has taken place with relevant stakeholders in advance of these works to make them aware of the traffic management arrangements and to minimise any inconvenience.

Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s South East Network Manager, said: “These surfacing improvements on the A720 between Lothianburn and Straiton will address and repair defects in the road surface such as potholes and cracks, creating safer and smoother journeys for motorists.

“It is essential for safety that we close the carriageway during these works, however we’ve scheduled them to be carried out during overnight hours to minimise any disruption.

“We thank motorists in advance for their patience while our teams carry out these improvements.”

All work is weather dependent and subject to postponement or cancellation in the event of adverse conditions.


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