Colin Beattie MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, refutes claims made that plans to deliver improvements to Sheriffhall Roundabout are to be scrapped.
This comes as the Scottish Government previously announced £140m investment on strategic transport improvements as part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region deal. A sum of £120 million of this has been specifically allocated to supporting improvements to the A720 City Bypass for the grade separation of Sheriffhall Roundabout.
Colin Beattie MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, commented:
“The Scottish Government are committed to delivering improvements to Sheriffhall as part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.
“Following publication of draft Orders for the scheme, a significant number of representations, including objections, were received. It is only right that all those affected by these proposals have an opportunity to express their views and this is a statutory obligation that cannot be ignored.
“Currently, the Scottish Government are continuing to negotiate with objectors to try and resolve objections where possible. However, should we be unsuccessful in removing all objections, then a public local inquiry may be required.
“Delivery of the scheme itself can only commence if it is approved under the relevant statutory procedures and thereafter a timetable for its progress can be set.
“People do have the right to object and it is important careful consideration is given to all comments received on the plans for Sheriffhall before any work starts to take place. “