Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Will the proposed facility increase the total amount of traffic on Edinburgh’s roads?

A.  No.  All the traffic which would use the proposed facility already exists and travels on Edinburgh’s roads.  Viridor will reduce the impact of this traffic by avoiding vehicle movements during rush hours.  Instead, the busiest times for deliveries to the site will be 9.00 -11.00 am and 2.00 - 4.00 pm.

Q.  How has the site been used since rail freight usage ceased in the mid 1980s?

A.  Since it ceased to be a rail freight terminal the site has been in use for an HGV and coach park, a waste transfer station (skip yard) and an engineering yard for rail construction.  These activities currently generate HGV movements every day.  

Q.  What opening hours are proposed for the rail transfer station?

A.  The proposed facility would operate between 6.00 am and 7.00 pm Monday to Friday and 6.00 am to 4.00 pm on Saturdays to ensure that waste generated in homes and businesses can be disposed of quickly and efficiently.  It would be closed on Sundays.

Q.  Would you ever work outside these hours?

A.  In exceptional circumstances the council may require Viridor to open the facility outside these hours but this would be infrequent.

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