City Bypass returns to original alignment at Sheriffhall

Network Rail, and its principal Borders Railway contractor, BAM, will return the A720 back to its former alignment over the next few weeks. 

City Bypass

This complex procedure will involve off-peak closures of the westbound carriageway of the A720 from Thursday 29 May to Sunday 1 June.  The eastbound carriageway of the A720 will then be closed during the nights of Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 June 2014.  The closures will affect those travelling between the Sheriffhall roundabout and the Old Craighall junction of the A1.

The timings of the closures are:

  • Thursday nights:            1930hrs to 0630hrs
  • Friday nights:                1930hrs to 1100hrs
  • Saturday nights:            1930hrs to 1200hrs
  • Sunday nights:              1930hrs to 0630hrs

During the carriageway closures, a signed diversion via Millerhill and Old Craighall will be in place.

In addition, road users will also be able to use the recently re-opened Lugton Brae road.

A temporary dual carriageway was constructed adjacent to the existing Edinburgh City Bypass to allow a railway bridge to be built under the A720.  Traffic has been using this temporary diversion since September 2013.  The bridge has now been constructed which will allow the Borders Railway to travel under the A720.  As a result the project team will return the A720 back to its former alignment. 

Hugh Wark, project director, Network Rail, said: 

“Network Rail and its principal contractor, BAM, are working closely with Transport Scotland, Midlothian Council and the emergency services to ensure a smooth transition from the temporary road alignment back to the original route.

“We thank road users for their patience whilst this complex task is undertaken.”