Get up to speed on major city centre cycle route scheme

Members of the public are invited to find out more about proposals for the first section of the City Centre West to East Cycle Link and Street Design project (CCWEL).

Two drop-in information sessions on 17 and 19 April will allow people to view designs for the project and ask project leaders questions about the section of the scheme between Haymarket and Roseburn, as part of aims to create a new, 4km cycle route through Edinburgh’s centre.

The events will take place on Tuesday, 17 April, 1pm-7pm at 6 Murrayfield Place (formerly Bloemen Ecke) and Thursday, 19 April, 1pm-7pm at the Apex Haymarket Hotel (Athens Suite), Haymarket Terrace.

Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “I would encourage anyone interested to come along to one of these events, where our team will be on hand with the latest information on this major scheme. 

“By vastly improving cycle and walking infrastructure through the city centre, we hope to see a real behaviour shift in terms of transport choices, creating a better environment for all those who live and visit here.

“Those who choose active travel have a great many good reasons to do so, and in turn are benefitting their neighbours by helping to improve air quality, reduce congestion and enhance the streetscape for everyone.”

In addition, a statutory consultation on the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) and Redetermination Order (RSO), which is required to progress with the first section of the project, will begin on 20 April.  

During the consultation, running until 18 May, the proposals will be available online and the public can comment or object on aspects of the first section of the overall CCWEL project, between Haymarket and Roseburn. Comments can be made by emailing the Traffic Orders team on trafficorders@edinburgh.gov.uk.

The CCWEL project, first approved in December 2016, aims to install a largely protected cycle way to and through the city centre, providing a crucial link from existing QuietRoutes in north and west Edinburgh to Leith Walk. 

This, in addition to improvements to the public realm along the routes, intends to encourage many more commuters, as well as shoppers and schoolchildren to choose to travel into town by bike or on foot instead of by car, reducing congestion and contributing to improved air quality.

For more information or to sign up to the CCWEL mailing list please contact Rurigdh McMeddes on rurigdh.mcmeddes@edinburgh.gov.uk.
 

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