Temporary traffic lights on M9 bridge between Kirkliston and Winchburgh from Monday

Traffic using the B9080 bridge over the M9 at Muriehall will be controlled by temporary traffic lights between 09:30 and 16:30 on 27th, 28th and 29th July. This is to allow operating company Amey to upgrade the safety barrier on the bridge. These works are not expected to cause any significant delays.
A spokesman for Amey said: “The safety of workers remains a top priority during this essential maintenance project.
“Physical distancing protocols, in line with Scottish Government guidance, will be in place to ensure all on-site personnel remain safe throughout the duration of the project. Thorough risk assessments will be carried out and cleansing stations will be implemented on site.
“Transport Scotland and Amey fully recognise the importance of a safe and reliable trunk road network, particularly during the Covid-19 outbreak, and it is vital that essential maintenance works are carried out in order to maintain the integrity and safety of these routes.
“A number of maintenance projects have been identified as essential and will be prioritised over the coming weeks.
“Please note that all schemes are weather dependent and may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather conditions are not favourable.”
For the current status please visit  http://scottishtrunkroadsse.amey.co.uk/current-works/

West Lothian – Want to appear in a Ridley Scott/ Kai Hsuing/ Kevin MacDonald film tomorrow? Here is how

On Saturday July 25, executive producers Ridley Scott (“The Martian,” “Gladiator”) and Kai Hsuing (“Lords of Chaos”), along with Scottish director Kevin Macdonald (“Whitney,” “One Day in September,” “The Last King of Scotland”) are inviting budding film makers the chance to pick up their cameras to create “Life In A Day 2020.” Exactly 10 years after the original “Life In A Day,” the world will once again come together to create a YouTube Original feature-length documentary that tells the story of a single day on Earth. Selected footage sourced from participants from around the world will be woven together in this documentary to tell the story of an ordinary day during these extraordinary times. The completed “Life In A Day 2020” film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and on YouTube in 2021. On Saturday, July 25, people around the world are being invited to film their day. ”Maybe you’ll be filming from home as you continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, or maybe you’re in a part of the world where you’re figuring out how to move forward in a transformed world. Maybe you’re connecting with friends, reuniting with family, or going to work. Maybe it’s a special day – you’re getting married, moving out, sharing important news. Or maybe it’s just a normal day.” A 30-person team of multilingual reviewers stationed around the world will begin reviewing and translating submitted videos in order to weave together these unique experiences and perspectives to create a time capsule of this moment. The organisers are encouraging people from all over the world to take part, and they hope to capture a wide perspective on life. Submissions are open from July 25 to August 2, which means you will only have one week to submit your footage at lifeinaday.youtube. Whilst you may meet some stiff competition form other entries around the world, it would be great if we could get at least one entry from West Lothian in the final cut!  

Local West Lothian shops urged to go enter national Best Small Shops Competition

Martyn Day MP has called on West Lothian small shopkeepers to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the role they play in their communities.

Shopkeepers have until Friday, September 11th to nominate their businesses via www.bestsmallshops.co.uk. The competition is open to any small shop operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory.
The judges are looking for evidence of a small shops’ entrepreneurial spirit, ways that they have been innovative in their business and what they have done to have a lasting positive impact on their community. A shortlist will be announced in October with the winners announced in November.
Mr Day (SNP) said: “This year has been an extremely challenging retail environment for independent shops.
“Yet, I have witnessed businesses across Linlithgow and East Falkirk adapt to combat the impact of Covid-19.
“These shops are at the heart of our community and deserve to be recognised, that’s why I’m encouraging all small shops in my constituency to enter the UK Best Small Shops Competition.”

Police appeal for information following serious road crash in Whitburn

Police in West Lothian are appealing for information following a serious road crash in Whitburn. The incident happened around 1.20pm on Friday, 17 July, 2020 on the B7066 Polkemmet Road, Whitburn, involving a black Subaru Impreza and an Audi Q2. As a result of the collision, a 59-year-old man was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital with serious injuries. Two men, both aged 31, were also taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment and were later discharged. The road was closed for around six hours to allow a full scene investigation to take place. Sergeant Stephen Quinn, of Lothians Road Policing, said: “This was a serious collision and we are looking for anybody who was driving on the road or witnessed the incident to contact police. “In particular, if there were any vehicles in the area at the time that may have dashcam footage that could help officers, or anyone in the area with CCTV footage, I would ask that you get in touch.” Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting incident number 1681 of Friday, 17 July.

We visited The Centre in Livingston today and 96% of shoppers were wearing masks

Face coverings are now compulsory in shops but this has not stopped shoppers returning to newly-opened malls, including The Centre Livingston and nearby Livingston Designer Outlet. After reports in the English press that shoppers in England had been hostile to wearing masks, we wanted to see for ourselves how compliant Scottish shoppers were with the Scottish Government’s Phase 3 rules. And we are pleased to confirm that in a walk through test of The Centre today, we found that 96% of shoppers were wearing masks. At midday today in the middle of The Centre we observed whether or not the first 100 shoppers walking past were wearing masks or not. And impressively 96 out of 100 were. Of the four not, two were children (aged over five) eating/ drinking. We did not interact with any of the shoppers so it is unclear if the two men we observed not wearing masks had an underlying health condition.  (Rules regarding face covering exemptions can be found on the Scottish Government website). Overall, the experience of visiting stores today felt well-controlled and organised, with shop and Centre staff clear on what new procedures needed to be followed. If the economy is to recover, shoppers will need to have confidence to venture out of their doors and into public spaces again. The early signs are positive, however. The mall had remained partially open since March for essential stores including the M&S food hall, Boots and banks.  
Stock photo used for Title photo dates from 2018 and before lockdown