Drivers warned of works near Edinburgh airport

The roadworks will be in place on the M9 near Newbridge (above). Pic: Ian Georgeson)
The roadworks will be in place on the M9 near Newbridge (above). Pic: Ian Georgeson)

Road users are being warned to plan ahead and allow additional time for journeys as essential roadworks on the M9 near Newbridge take effect from Monday (September 5).

Drivers are being given advance warning of potentially disruptive works on the M9 between the Almond river bridge and Junction 1A, approximately half a mile north of Newbridge roundabout.

Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works, expected to last eight weeks, including a 40mph speed limit on the affected carriageway for the safety of operatives and the travelling public.

A number of measures have been taken to minimise disruption, including resurfacing work only taking place overnight during the hours of 8pm and 6am.

Outside of these times a minimum of two lanes of traffic will be maintained through the works, while verge works will be undertaken during daytime hours.

Work will take place in only one direction at a time. The westbound carriageway will be first and only when this is fully complete will work begin on the eastbound carriageway.

Steven Brown, Transport Scotland roads and infrastructure manager, said: “We have an inspection regime in place to monitor performance of the road, this has identified the need for essential repair work to the road surface. The repair work will be undertaken by the contractor at no cost to the public purse.

“The work has been scheduled to avoid busy periods for the network such as the Edinburgh Festival and Military Tattoo.

“Our advice to road users is to avoid the area if possible and consider using public transport or alternative road routes.

“Road users are encouraged to plan ahead and make use of the Traffic Scotland website and twitter feed to stay up to date with the situation on the road.

“While every effort has been made to minimise disruption we recommend road users allow additional time for their journey. I would strongly urge those heading to Edinburgh airport to check ahead and allow sufficient time.”