All traffic is now diverted onto a temporary carriageway at the site of new junction works at the A1 next to Queen Margaret University.

This major piece of work has been completed on time and will allow for the new underpass to be built.

Temporary speed limits are already in place on the A1 near the Craighall site and there have been some lane closures at varying times of the day and night to allow this work to take place. 

What motorists should be aware of is as follows:

  • From 30th June to the 31st August, the existing on-slip from the QMU campus onto the A1 southbound will be closed and a diversion put in place. 
  • All northbound and southbound lanes are now (from 8th June) diverted onto a temporary carriageway past the site. This will be in place 24 hours a day until the end of August. Exact date to be confirmed.

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.

Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment, Economic Development and Tourism, Councillor John McMillan, said: “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. It is great to hear that this major milestone has been reached and that work is progressing well on this crucial piece of infrastructure.”


Published: Thursday, 9th June 2022