Borders Railway Works Prompt Changes to Road Layout Near Millerhill
A section of the A6106 between Millerhill and the Sheriffhall roundabout will close from Monday 3rd March so that it can be realigned to run parallel to the new Borders Railway, reopening again by the autumn.
The Borders Railway alignment cuts across the current road layout, meaning new roads are required to connect Millerhill to Sherrifhall roundabout
To help relieve traffic pressure and divert road users, the Borders Railway project has constructed a new road and roundabout which provides an alternative route between Millerhill and the Old Dalkeith Road (A7) via Shawfair.
Diversion signs will be put in place to direct drivers through the new layout.
Hugh Wark, project director, Network Rail, said: “The alignment of the railway north of the city bypass is entirely new, meaning that there are some significant obstacles to overcome, including this stretch of the A6106. This closure will allow us to move the road and make space for the new line. The closed section of A6106 will be re-built and realigned so that it runs parallel to the railway and reconnects Sherrifhall roundabout with the new roundabout between Millerhill and Newton Village.
“In the meantime, we have built a new road connecting the A7 (Old Dalkeith Road) to the new roundabout. This alternative route should help minimise disruption but we’d encourage residents and road users to drive with caution until they are familiar with the diversion.”
Midlothian councillor Derek Rosie, cabinet member with responsibility for roads, said: “We’ve been working with the Borders Railway team and we’re confident all is being done to keep disruption to a minimum while this important work is ongoing.”
The A6106 will be reopened by autumn 2014.