Proposals for new or amended Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) - including restrictions on indiscriminate parking and new speed limits - were approved at last week's meeting of Cabinet.

These include:

  • Introduction of restrictions on indiscriminate parking on corners/the junction into/out of Haddington’s long stay car park. This will allow vehicles to enter and exit the car park safely and enhance pedestrian safety.
  • The extension of an existing 30mph speed limit on the B6363 at Longniddry, for a distance of approximately 400 metres. This is at the request of a developer building new housing in the area.
  • The implementation of 40mph speed limits on the A198, B1361 and B6371 roads on the approaches to the Meadowmill Roundabout/Bankton North. This is in conjunction with development of the new town at Blindwells.
  • The permanent implementation of a 20mph speed limit throughout Dunbar. This follows an 18-month experimental Traffic Regulation Order.

A traffic order is also proposed for the Johnnie Cope Road between Tranent and Prestonpans. At the time of construction of the A1 bypass, a farm accommodation bridge was put in place. At the time the former Lothian Regional Council intended to close the road to traffic and redetermine the road for pedestrians and cyclists only. The relevant order was not promoted and put in place at the time and it is now proposed that this is implemented in the interests of safety.

The council will now programme work streams to take forward the TROs  in accordance with statutory process. This will include public consultation where community councils and the public will be given an opportunity to comment on the proposals.

Cllr Norman Hampshire, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“East Lothian Council has a responsibility to ensure local towns and villages have safe, accessible routes of travel that recognises the needs of a range of road users, pedestrians and businesses. The new and amended TROs approved today were identified as necessary to improve or enhance the free movement of traffic whilst also supporting other road users. The council is committed to creating greater opportunities for active travel which can benefit individual wellbeing and energise our town centres.”

See the full list of proposed TROs.

Published: Tuesday, 28th January 2020