Briggs presses Transport Minister on Edinburgh City Bypass at Question Time in Parliament.

Lothian Tory MSP Miles Briggs today pressed the Transport Minister Humza Yousaf on the Scottish Government’s plans to increase the capacity of Edinburgh’s city bypass. Miles raised the matter at today’s Question Time in the Scottish Parliament. Miles has been consistently pressing Ministers to address concerns about the congestion on this key trunk road route.

The Transport Minister told Miles he was committed to making further improvements on the bypass.

Speaking afterwards Miles said:

“ I emphasised to the Minister that recent studies have suggested that the city by-pass is amongst the most congested stretches of trunk road in the whole of the UK and that this looks sets to worsen as the Scottish Government expects an extra 10,000 vehicles per day will be using the City bypass by 2022.

“ While the long overdue improvements at Sheriffhall are welcome, they must be constructed without yet further delay and Ministers need to set out in more detail what specific plans the government is working on to increase capacity along the length of the bypass.

“ The Minister has said he supports the use of smart motorway technology but he needs to go further and assess whether this could be used to allow the hard shoulder to be used at peak times.

“ I will continue to press the Scottish Government to address the concerns of Lothian commuters and businesses and ensure that the city by-pass is truly fit for purpose given existing congestion issues and the increase in traffic it is going to have to carry in the years ahead. This key arterial route is vital in terms of the economy of Edinburgh and Lothian.”


Miles Briggs