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Welcome to the A701 Relief Road & A702 Link Road Public Consultation

Midlothian Council has appointed a project team to deliver the planning, design and environmental studies for the A701 Relief Road and A702 Link Road Project. 

We are now at a stage where enough technical work has been done as part of the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) process to be able to usefully explain the current route options and to get the public’s views on those.

A live online consultation event was held on Tuesday 5 October 2021 between 6pm and 8pm.

During the consultation event, members of the project team gave a presentation explaining the work done so far and the options being considered. Attendees also asked questions via the chat function.

The presentation is available to download here and a recording of this event is available to play on the right of this page. Further answers to questions will be placed on the FAQs page. 

Members of the public are invited to also complete the questionnaire under the “Route Options” and “Contact Us” pages of the website. The deadline for all questionnaire responses is 5pm on 26 October 2021

Consultation Webinar, Wednesday 1st December (6.30pm)

SYSTRA Transport Consultants are preparing an assessment of the needs of walkers, cyclists and horse-riders (non-motorised users) in the vicinity of the proposed A701 Relief Road and A701 Link Road.

There was an information webinar and short presentation on Weds 1st December (6.30pm) about walking, cycling and horse-riding issues at which you can ask questions and raise any particular points such as:

  • Existing safety issues (ideally with locations)
  • Main desire lines of travel, routes and origins/destinations
  • Preferred type and location of new facilities
  • Likely impact on journeys beyond the immediate highway scheme

You can watch a recording of the WCHAR consultation webinar here. There is also a separate Google map below for those who wish to comment on specific locations.

About Midlothian

Bordering the City of Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders, Midlothian is Scotland’s fastest growing local authority area, according to the National Records of Scotland. Between 2018 and 2028, the population of Midlothian is projected to increase from 91,340 to 103,945. This is an increase of 13.8%, which compares to a projected increase of 1.8% for Scotland as a whole.

The county is served by 18 Midlothian councillors and the council’s vision is that Midlothian is, and will continue to be, a ‘Great Place to Grow’.

We are grateful to everyone who attended the online event and completed a questionnaire. Your input and feedback will help inform and influence the route selection process for the A701 Relief Road and A702 Link Road Project.

That preferred route will be the subject of a future planning application.

A further public consultation event will be held in advance of the planning application submission.