Crossroads works cause cross words

Kirkliston Main Street on a quiet day
Kirkliston Main Street on a quiet day

Motorists in Kirkliston are reaching boiling point over the current roadworks at the 
village’s Crossroads.

The works, when complete, are intended to improve traffic flow at the busy junction.

But since works began at the end of September, traffic congestion in the village has increased with lengthy queues on all four roads leading to the junction.

And to add to motorists’ frustration, the improvements are scheduled to continue for a further ten weeks.

Funded by North Kirkliston developers and overseen by the city council, the works will see the rephasing of the traffic lights system to let more commuters turn right at the junction, as well as the introduction of new paving and seating in Main Street.

However, since work got underway, the temporary traffic management system at the junction has resulted in motorists queuing for up to 30 minutes to travel 500 yards from the village’s sports centre to the junction.

Traffic on the Burnshot Road has been queued back over half a mile at peak times and pupils bussed to Queensferry High are turning up late.

Calls have been made for the bus lane at Eilston Road, through the new development, to be opened to traffic to alleviate congestion.

Speaking to the Journal and Gazette this week, the local community council chairman David Buchanan said: “We supported the public realm works but we never had any input as to what would be involved.

“There have been increases in congestion but the village has always been a bottleneck, especially at peak times, as motorists use it as a rat-run to the Forth Road Bridge.

“There were initial safety concerns as there were no pedestrian crossings at the junction but after calls to the city council, temporary ones were installed within days.”

The chairman added: “Traffic congestion in Kirkliston is not going to disappear as more and more houses are built in the village but we hope that, after the works are completed, things will settle down.”

Almond Ward councillor Norman Work added: “These works should have been carried out during the summer school break, when traffic is much lighter in comparison.”