Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, visited the severely flooded underpass on Easthouses Road at the weekend.
‘This is a vital link in the walking route for local school pupils. I am concerned for the safety of young people who may try to cross the busy road overhead, or enter into the water filled underpass in order to try to get to school. The area must be urgently secured, and I have alerted Midlothian Council and the other relevant agencies to ensure that this is quickly remedied.
It is imperative that safety measures are taken immediately. Heavy rain has obviously contributed to increasing the potential danger, but this has been made immeasurably worse due to unknown parties driving a trench from the industrial estate above which directs water back into the underpass. I will be pressing for urgent action from Midlothian Council to find a solution to this situation to ensure it is not only resolved, but that this doesn’t happen again in future.
I urge local residents to take great care in using this route and to warn others, in particular those who may be vulnerable, of the inaccessibility of this underpass.’