A BUSY street could become a one-way system under plans being considered by East Lothian Council.

Tranent’s New Row, which links Bridge Street and Elphinstone Road, could see traffic only allowed to travel from east to west, towards Elphinstone Road.

Vehicles are regularly parked on both sides of the street, which can lead to vehicles having to give way or squeeze by one another.

Suggestions to make the street a one-way system have long been mooted and now members of the public will have the chance to have their say on the idea.

A consultation exercise started by the local authority runs until September 8 and ward councillor Kenny McLeod was “100 per cent” behind the idea, as long as there were measures put in place to ensure it did not allow vehicles to simply speed along the one-way street.

He told the Courier: “I totally agree with it but they have to put some kind of measure in.”

The issue is also expected to be discussed by the town’s community council, which is due to meet on August 15 in Crookston Care Home, on the town’s Sanderson’s Wynd.

David Forrest, chairman of Tranent and Elphinstone Community Council, felt something needed to be done to address the traffic issues not just on New Row but in Tranent town centre.

He pointed to queuing on Elphinstone Road and said any change to the traffic flow on New Row still had to address driver behaviour.

One of the concerns about the one-way system being introduced was that drivers would simply speed along the now one-way street.

He added: “At the moment, you have got to creep along New Row.

“What will happen if it is a one-way I don’t know.

“It comes down to the mentality of the people driving the cars.”