Plans in place for Salvesen Steps solution

Salvesen Steps, by the River Almond at Cramond, will be closed by the City of Edinburgh Council from tomorrow (Friday, 20 January) after surveys revealed extensive deterioration/erosion.

A temporary solution will be put in place, with work expected to result in the closure of the walkway for up to six weeks. This will include the demolition of existing wooden steps and the erection of a temporary structure for access. In the meantime, diversions will be put in place for residents to use.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Transport and Environment Convener, said: “While we have no choice but to close the steps on the advice of officers, we are in the process of developing a temporary solution in order to reopen the walkway as quickly as possible. We already have contractors in place in order to erect a temporary structure and are determined to keep the closure to a maximum of six weeks.

“In the long term, we are determined to implement a permanent resolution, and are currently carrying out a feasibility study which will be complete by the end of January. I visited the Salvesen Steps along with members of the Friends of the River Almond Walkway before Christmas, and fully recognise the walkway’s importance to residents and visitors alike as an accessible route to this area of natural beauty.”

Further information on the River Almond Walkway is available on the City of Edinburgh Council's website.

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