Council to get more than £800,000 from Transport Scotland

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Midlothian Council has secured £863,000 from Transport Scotland to help address the knock-on effect Edinburgh’s plans to tackle air pollution by introducing a city–wide Low Emission Zone would have on the county.

Extra parking and transport pressures

The council had been consulted on Edinburgh’s proposals, which would see some cars banned from the centre of the city, but raised concerns about additional pressures this would put on Midlothian in terms of parking and public transport.

Five projects funded

Midlothian submitted seven proposals for funding. Transport Scotland agreed to fund five of these.

The money will be used to:

  • Upgrade and replace bus shelters (£500,000)
  • Install rapid electrical chargers at Sheriffhall park and ride (£135,000)
  • Buy electric pool cars (£78,000)
  • Carry out a feasibility study to increase park and ride facilities (£50,000). The locations that will be assessed are Newton Farm, Redheugh and Lothianburn
  • Providing a toucan crossing (pedestrian and cycle) on A6106 Old Dalkeith Road including a widened footpath (£100,000)

In favour of cutting pollution

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for transport, Councillor Russell Imrie said: “We’ve very much in favour of cutting pollution by improving air quality.

“However, we do need to make sure that any improvements in the capital are not offset by creating a whole set of problems here in Midlothian.

Working with Edinburgh City Council

“We want to work with Edinburgh City to mitigate against some of the concerns raised so that we can all benefit from cleaner air.

“This money will certainly help towards achieving those aims.”

17 Dec 2019