Edinburgh City Bypass driver 'ran out of fuel' after being stuck 'for four hours'

The road at Dreghorn has been closed in both directions due to flooding.
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Drivers have been stuck on the bypass 'for hours' after flooding sparked mayhem on Thursday evening.

The Edinburgh City Bypass was closed in both directions at Dreghorn by 8.30pm after the westbound lane closed at 3.50pm.

Traffic ground to a halt across the bypass. Drivers found themselves in gridlock for four hours with many still stuck in the chaos.

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Speaking from her car, Heather Black told Edinburgh Live how she and her husband Graeme left Bo'ness at around 4.15pm on May 23. They were heading to Costco to do their weekly shop before they got trapped in the traffic.

Heather, 66, said: "My husband's driving and I was quite taken aback. We left Bo'ness at 4.15pm but we only were getting updates about the westbound, there was nothing about the eastbound. We noticed there was some traffic but we thought we would be okay.

"Then we got onto the bypass at Hermiston Gait just before 5pm and we just weren't moving. By 8.37pm, we weren't even at the Dreghorn junction.

"We were stuck there for two hours before we saw any police then it was another hour before we saw the people putting out the cones and stuff. People were driving into the hard shoulder, so there ended up being three lanes."

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She added: "Once we managed to get onto the Dreghorn junction, there were two different lanes of traffic coming up to it. I didn't see any police and it was like a free-for-all. Everyone was just trying to find a space to get in to turn around.

"We have two dogs in the back and it's not like we could put them outside on the road. They were stuck in the back of the car for hours.

"We were meant to get fuel in Costco but that shut at 8.30pm. After all that we didn't have enough fuel to get home! We have to go to Newbridge.

"We just feel shattered!"

Police Scotland Edinburgh said: "Traffic is now moving following the flooding on the A720 Edinburgh Bypass near to Dreghorn today.

"The road remains closed westbound at the Lothianburn off slip and on slip, as well as eastbound at the Dreghorn off slip.

"The on slip eastbound remains open however drivers are advised to avoid the area.

Diversions are in place."

At 9.15pm, Traffic Scotland said: "Road operating company and police remain at scene directing traffic via the slip roads."