As work continues to progress on the new junction on the A1 near Queen Margaret University (QMU), some further lane closures and diversions are due to take place in the coming weeks.

Temporary speed limits are already in place on the A1 near the Craighall site and there have been some temporary restrictions lane closures during the day, outwith rush hours.


The construction team is creating a new temporary route past the site, which will take traffic off the A1 for a short stretch.  This will allow the new underpass structure to be built.


What motorists should be aware of is as follows:


  • From 9pm on 6th June until 6am on the 7th, both northbound lanes will be closed in the vicinity of the site, as well as the southbound overtaking lane. Diversions will be in place.
  • From 9pm on 7th June until 6am on the 8th, both southbound lanes will be closed as well as the northbound overtaking lane. Diversions will be in place.
  • From 30th June to the 31st August, from 7am to 2pm daily, the existing on-slip from the QMU campus onto the A1 southbound will be closed and a diversion put in place. 


When complete, the works will include a new northbound on slip-road to the A1 and a new off slip-road from the A1 northbound carriageway which will each meet a newly constructed roundabout, providing access to the future development area around QMU, along with a link road to the existing junction at QMU, which will pass underneath the A1.


The junction will provide critical infrastructure to improve accessibility and connectivity to QMU which, in partnership with East Lothian Council, is delivering an Innovation Hub adjacent to the university – phase one of a wider Edinburgh Innovation Park.

Published: Tuesday, 31st May 2022