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John Russell, 1st Earl Russell
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Shorter queues and journey times.
We are limiting the impact of the new
The new road will significantly ease southbound
road on the environment as:
traffic congestion on the Bridge caused by traffic
The route has been designed to follow
backing up from the overburdened A8000.
the existing Falkirk-Fife railway corridor as
Northbound traffic that must currently use the A8000
road. This will mean that the A8000 returns to being a local road
between Kirkliston and South Queensferry.
Less traffic on the A8000 will mean better air
quality, less accidents, less noise and a
more pleasant environment for local
farms will be maintained.
There will be some visual impacts but our landscape design will
Managing any effect of
ensure that ‘rat running’ is prevented.
delays to the travelling public.
Once the new road is built, a new safer
Construction traffic will have designated routes to minimise
cycleway will be built between South
impact on local communities. In particular, the use of the
Queensferry and Kirkliston on the A8000.
B800 and the B8090 through Kirkliston is prohibited, as is the
Traffic modelling has shown that the new road will generate no
use of Burnshot Road and Standingstane Road, along with
net increase in congestion on other roads in Edinburgh. There
restrictions on the use of the A8000 and Milton Farm Road.
will be no east facing slip roads between the M9 Spur and the
To reduce site traffic on the surrounding roads, the design and
A90 at the Scotstoun Interchange. This will prevent traffic from
construction of the project has been planned to maximise the
using other roads to enter Edinburgh, which would impact other
amount of exacvated material re-used on site, so therefore
minimising the amount of imported material required. At
present the planning is such that all excavated material will be
retained on site.
A8000 and B800 through Kirkliston because of reduced traffic.
For more information
Bus journeys over the Bridge and from the M9
Spur will be quicker and more reliable due
John Russell, City of Edinburgh Council on 0131 469 3758
to the widened A90 and an additional
Jim Brunt, City of Edinburgh Council on 0131 469 3760
stretch of motorway.
much-needed new routes across
the Forth, especially between Fife and
West Lothian.
ensure that these are kept to a minimum.
Traffic management associated with the roadworks on the M9
attractive for bus operators to offer
account in the scheme development.
Spur and the A90 will be designed and monitored to minimise
The new road will make it more
All known nature conservation interests have been taken into
Traffic calming measures in Kirkliston will
Local bus services will be more reliable and efficient on the
more English copies of this document by calling 0131 529 4431.
Agricultural land will be used, but access to all
communities, cyclists and pedestrians.
Benefits for bus users:
Please contact Interpretation and Translation Services on
0131 242 8181 and quote reference number 06261. You can get
amount of land required.
stressful journeys when the new road is built.
90% less traffic on the A8000 as vehicles transfer to the new
computer formats and in community languages if you ask us.
closely as possible, which will minimise the
to reach the Bridge will also benefit from faster and less
Benefits for the local community:
You can get this document in Braille, on tape, in large print, various
A new fast motorway link
from the M9 and M8 to the
Forth Road Bridge
Upgrading the A90
Benefits for Forth Road
Bridge travellers:
What is happening?
What does the work involve?
How did we get to this point?
Construction has begun on a new fast motorway link to take traffic
The M9 Spur will be extended to meet a new interchange with
between the M9 Spur, which takes traffic from the M9 and M8, and
the existing A90 at Scotstoun. This involves the construction
the Forth Road Bridge.
of 3km of motorway standard two-lane dual carriageway,
Summer 2006: Construction work
including three bridges and one underpass.
begins. A90 traffic management is
April 2000: the Council approves the off-line solution (a
This road scheme has been viewed as the ‘missing link’ in the
By removing the Humbie roundabout and carrying the
introduced. M9 contraflow put in place
road not following the route of its predecessor) for the
major road network in the south east of Scotland. By transferring
motorway on a bridge over the local road, the existing
and A90 surfacing programme starts.
traffic from the over-burdened A8000, journeys will be quicker and
connection from the M9 Spur to the A8000 will be severed. The
Autumn 2006: Work on Humbie
the local communities of South Queensferry and Kirkliston will be
A8000 will remain open as a local road between Kirkliston and
Roundabout starts as does the
transformed as they will be less affected by traffic and congestion.
South Queensferry.
installation of 107, 23.2 metre long
The Scotstoun Interchange layout will be designed to take
beams at Scotstoun underpass.
The City of Edinburgh Council, as the local roads authority, has
the A90 westbound carriageway from Edinburgh under the
Winter 2006/2007: Scotstoun
developed the scheme since 2000 and is now project managing the
motorway extension. Traffic on the M9 Spur heading to the
underpass completed
bridge will have no connection to Edinburgh at the Scotstoun
Autumn 2007: M9 Spur complete and
consultation carried out with
open to road users.
exhibitions in South Queensferry,
The project is being funded by the Forth Estuary Transport
The A90 will be widened between the Scotstoun Interchange
Authority (FETA), with grant assistance from the Scottish Executive.
and the Forth Road Bridge to become a three-lane dual
This falls within FETA’s broader remit to develop, support and fund
schemes to reduce congestion on the Forth Road Bridge.
Traffic from the Forth Road Bridge will
1980s: Discussion began on ways to upgrade the A8000.
Key milestones
1999: Scottish Executive asked the City of Edinburgh
Council to take the scheme forward.
February 2001: the Council,
alongside experts in civil
A90 (2 lanes each way)
A90 (3 lanes each way)
engineering, environmental impact
and traffic management, begin
developing the scheme.
December 2001: public
Kirkliston and Edinburgh. Following
M9 Spur Ext
Public consultation the scheme
was prepared for the planning
Falkirk/Fife Railway
then be able to travel to Edinburgh
Works by Morrison Construction began in May 2006 and are
scheduled to finish Autumn 2007.
March 2002: Planning
via the A90 or connect to the central
Scotland motorway network and other
strategic routes via the M9 Spur.
After the new road is built, traffic
application submitted.
May 2002: Forth Estuary Transport Authority agrees to
fund the new road as its priority transport scheme.
July 2002: Planning application approved by the Council
calming measures will be introduced
and Scottish Executive.
in Kirkliston to prevent ‘rat running’
September 2002: the Council submits Compulsory
and to reduce the
Purchase Order (CPO) to buy the land needed. It also
number of heavy
M9 Spur Ext
goods vehicles
submits the Roads Orders which give the powers needed
to change existing roads and create new ones.
travelling through
January 2004: Public Local Inquiry held as a result
the village.
of objections to the CPO and Roads Orders. Some
unresolved objections heard. Inquiry Reporter finds in
M9 Spur
favour of scheme.
July 2004: Scottish Ministers confirm Orders.
January 2005: The Council takes ownership of land.
Negotiations still progressing with landowners over
June 2005: Work begins to consolidate old shale mines
Falkirk/Fife Railway
under new road – expected completion Summer 2006.
May 2006: Morrison Construction begin the works.
Images show the route of the new road.

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