Car ban from East Lothian park and ride road as part of six month experiment

Cars will be banned from using a road next to a park and ride site as part of a six month bus experiment in East Lothian from as early as next month. Councillors approved a swathe of new traffic regulations to clamp down on ‘irresponsible’ drivers at a virtual meeting of the local authority’s minority Labour administration’s cabinet today. And council leader Norman Hampshire promised residents there will be a “wholesale review” carried out across the county’s town centres to ensure they are safe for pedestrians and cyclists.

READ MORE: East Lothian drivers to be hit with new rules on rammed roads and car parks In the biggest change to traffic rules in the county, cabinet agreed to apply for a six month experimental traffic order to pilot bus gates at The Loan, next to Wallyford Park and Ride. The move, which is expected to be introduced from next month, will mean only buses, taxis and cycles can use the road which connects Haddington Road and Wallyford Main Street and currently provides a through route for all traffic and access to the station car park.

Cars will be banned from road at Wallyford Park and Ride for six months.Cars will be banned from road at Wallyford Park and Ride for six months.

Cabinet also agreed to apply for a string of traffic regulation orders across communities which will see parking restrictions introduced in streets around East Lothian Community Hospital, Haddington, and residential streets in North Berwick, Tranent and Musselburgh where “inconsiderate drivers” were reportedly causing issues.

Three disabled bays outside West Barns Village Hall will be made enforceable after reports people were ignoring the blue badge signs and additional restrictions on the access road to Tyninghame Coastal car park will be introduced. Councillor Hampshire said many of the orders being put forward may seem small but would make a huge difference to communities, particularly the elderly and children. And he warned more changes would be coming.

He said: “It is time to make sure traffic flow can be looked at in a way to make town centresd and communities safer for people to walk and cycle.

“We need to have a wholesale review to make sure our town centres are still a pleasant place to visit.”

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