Investing in Roads
Transport Scotland, the national transport agency, has invested millions in trunk road improvements across Edinburgh City Region including the M8, A90, A68 and M74.
Since 2000, more than £60m has been spent improving roads and pavements, including new traffic management arrangements to reduce traffic volumes in the city centre; six new Park & Ride facilities around the city; an extensive programme of safer routes to schools; more than 30 new '20mph' zones in residential areas and improved signage for visitors.
As part of the city region deal, £140m has been earmarked for improvements and upgrades to both the A720 city bypass at the Sheriffhall Roundabout and transport improvements across west Edinburgh.
The Queensferry Crossing
Around £2bn has been invested in a new road bridge across the Firth of Forth, completed in August 2017. It is the third bridge across the Firth of Forth at Queensferry, alongside the Forth Road Bridge completed in 1964, and the Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, completed in 1890.
The Queensferry Crossing was built alongside the existing Forth Road Bridge and now connects Edinburgh to the North, at South Queensferry.
The A720 (City Bypass)
The A720 Edinburgh City Bypass is one of the most important trunk roads in Scotland and links vitally important routes such as the M8, the main route west to Glasgow (55 mins), the A1 and A702, the primary routes south to England, and the M9 north to Stirling (50 mins).
The A902 links the A720 to the M90 and A90 leading north across the Queensferry Crossing to Perth (45 mins), Dundee (1hr 12mins) and Aberdeen (2hrs 15mins).