BORDERERS heading to or from the capital should be aware that overnight works to renew the road surface on a section of the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass are to take place on the nights of Friday 8, Sunday 10, Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 September 2023.

Transport Scotland’s operating company BEAR Scotland will carry out the project over four nights on the westbound carriageway of Dreghorn Junction.

For the safety of workers and road users, the A720 Westbound will be closed between the Lothianburn and Calder Junctions from 20:30 to 06:00 each night.

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During these overnight closures, a diversion route will be signposted directing traffic via the A702 at Lothianburn Junction, B701, A71/Calder Road, before rejoining the A720 at Calder Junction. Vehicles entering from the Dreghorn Junction will be diverted Eastbound on the A720 to then follow the diversion above. This diversion route will add 6.6 miles and an estimated 11 minutes to affected journeys.

Consultation has taken place with relevant stakeholders in advance of these works to make them aware of the traffic management arrangements and to minimise any inconvenience.

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Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s South East Network Manager, said: “These surfacing improvements on the A720 at Dreghorn will address and repair defects in the road surface, such as potholes and cracks, creating safer and smoother journeys for motorists.

“It is essential for safety that we close the carriageway during these works, however we’ve scheduled them to be carried out overnight to minimise any disruption.

“We thank motorists in advance for their patience while our teams carry out these improvements.”