Transport Scotland snub on Bo'ness Road crossing plan

Transport Scotland has snubbed a plea for money to improve safety near Echline Primary School.

Over the last year, members of the community in the western part of Queensferry have been pushing hard for safety improvements on Bo’ness Road.

This is important because of changes which arose from the opening of the Queensferry Crossing which led to substantially more traffic using Bo’ness Road.

Back in June and after a push from local councillors, Louise Young and Kevin Lang, Edinburgh Council allocated £20,000 to cover half the cost of a new pedestrian crossing near the primary school. 

It was hoped that money would be matched by Transport Scotland, which built and manages the Queensferry Crossing.

However, Transport Scotland has now turned down the request and said they are not prepared to put any money into a new crossing.

Local MSP, Alex Cole-Hamilton has now picked up the campaign and written to the new Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson, asking him to intervene.

Alex said, "The traffic problems around Echline Primary have arisen as a direct result of the Queensferry Crossing and the changes made to the road and access layout around the Ferry.

"It is simply not good enough for Transport Scotland to think it can walk away from a problem it created.  It is now important for the Transport Secretary to intervene."

Cllr Louise Young, who chaired two public meetings on the issue said,

"After a hard fought campaign with local residents, we managed to get Edinburgh Council to allocate enough money to cover half the cost of a new crossing.  It is offensive that Transport Scotland has refused to match that offer.  After all, we are talking about the safety of young children who are at greater risk because of the volume and speed of cars now seen on Bo'ness Road."

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