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B7031 East Calder - Road Closure (Saturday 1 Jun)

Works to improve the A71/B7031 junction between East Calder and Kirknewton will start on Saturday 1 June 2024 for an estimated 16 weeks.

Works have been programmed over the summer school holiday period in order to minimise disruption.

While every effort has been made to limit the impact of these works, the scale and nature of this essential work means that travellers in the area are advised to expect delays while it is carried out.

What work is taking place?

Road closures on the B7031 north and south of the A71 will be in place during the works.

The north section on the B7031 will be closed from its junction with the A71 to its junction with the B7015 and the south section of the B7031 will be closed from its junction with A71 to its junction with Station Road during the works.

Local access to properties on both sections of the B7031 will be maintained at all times and diversion signage will be in place via B7031, Station Road, A71 for the south side and B7031, B7015, Langton Road and the A71 for the north side.

Temporary traffic lights will be in operation on the A71 and appropriately managed during morning and afternoon peak periods of the working week. 

Advance information signage will be in place prior to works starting.

When will this take place?

  • The closure will be in place from 8am on Monday 3 June until 8am on Friday 27 September


  • South side - Via B7031, Station Road, A71 and vice versa
  • North Side - Via B7031, B7015, A71 and vice versa (or alternatively, B7031, B7015, Langton Road, A71 and vice versa).

Map of closure

Map of closure on the B7031

What improvements are taking place?

New traffic signals being installed and the B7031 to south of the A71 is being re-aligned to provide a crossroads junction.

A signalised pedestrian crossing phase will also be installed to allow pedestrians to safely cross the A71 and ensure better connections between East Calder and Kirknewton.

Why are the works required and who is funding them?

Additional traffic caused by the growth in population in the area means that this junction needs to be improved, to reduce congestion and improve connectivity.

The West Lothian Local Development Plan allocated land at East Calder as a Core Development Area (CDA). To support the housing, certain road infrastructure improvements are required, which are funded by the lead developer.

Triggers points for delivering strategic infrastructure improvements were set based on housing occupations, and the trigger point for improving this road junction has now been reached.

With traffic growth in the area, the signalisation and re-alignment of this junction will ensure traffic can pass more efficiently through the junction and it will also make the right turn traffic manoeuvres from the side roads controlled.