New bridge over A90 opens to traffic and pedestrians

The original crossing in Edinburgh was demolished for safety reasons in 2017.

New bridge over A90 opens to traffic and pedestrians

A long-awaited new bridge over the A90 in Edinburgh is opening to traffic and pedestrians on Wednesday.

The Burnshot Bridge was demolished three years ago for safety reasons, forcing motorists on long detours in and out of the capital.

Work finally began last year on a replacement, which was due to reopen around midday.

The new bridge near Kirkliston includes a segregated cycle lane and a path for pedestrians.

Edinburgh Council transport leader councillor Lesley Macinnes said: “This has been an extremely complex project and it’s thanks to the very hard work of the many people involved in its completion that we’ll now be able to walk, wheel, cycle and drive on this key route again.”

The original Burnshot Bridge was built in 1964, but had to be demolished after deteriorating joints were discovered.