Millions to be invested to help keep Edinburgh moving

Councillors last week agreed a budget for the Capital for 2015/16, with roads and pavements receiving a major chunk of resources.

A total of £23 million will be invested in Edinburgh’s roads infrastructure for the coming financial year, aimed at enhancing the road network for all users, improving cycling facilities and tackling local priorities in neighbourhoods.

The investment, which includes an additional £3m of capital and £2m of revenue funding as proposed by the Capital Coalition, will enable more major road resurfacing and footpath improvement works as well as funding for the Neighbourhoods (an allocation of £50,000 per ward) to carry out more permanent pothole repairs and other smaller scale road and footway improvement projects. 

Some of the additional funding will also be used to reinforce the road surfaces at bus stops which suffer from high levels of wear and tear and to renew faded road markings such as the yellow boxes and white stop lines at junctions.

Road repairs using the Right First Time Surface Enhancement approach will help tackle potholes, while preliminary works for a new treatment method called surface dressing will help the Council to prolong the life of many more roads in the city, postponing the need for major reconstruction or re-surfacing.

Continuing the one percentage point year-on-year increase in investment, a total of eight per cent of the £23m budget will be devoted to cycling projects in 2015/16.

Inspections of utility company reinstatements will continue, with additional inspections staff recently appointed. The Council also plans the relaunch of the Edinburgh Roadworks Ahead Agreement (ERWAA), which will involve a working agreement between the Council and the main public utilities companies to minimise disruption resulting from road and pavement works, ensuring a high quality of reinstatements.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Transport Convener, said: “Keeping the city moving is a major priority for councillors and residents alike and we’re very pleased to have secured £23m towards improving the Capital’s roads infrastructure in the coming financial year.

“Our pioneering allocation of an ever-growing percentage of the budget towards cycling projects will help make the city’s streets even more attractive for those who want to commute by bike or cycle recreationally. 

“I’m delighted that neighbourhoods will be getting a chunk of the coming year’s resources to put towards local roads and pavement priorities. We’re also pleased to be helping public transport to run more smoothly by reinforcing surfaces at bus stops on key routes citywide.”

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