Community links PLUS
Two proposals for active travel projects in Edinburgh have been chosen as winners of the Community Links PLUS competition. This is run by Sustrans Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government. It aims to
- restore the balance of Scotland's streets in favour of people walking and cycling for everyday journeys
- create improved places and spaces in Scotland by funding projects which are high quality and inventive.
The Council's West Edinburgh Active Travel Network (WEATN) and Meadows to George Street (MGS) projects were among five Scottish schemes named as winners on Monday 18 September 2017. Projects in Glasgow, Stirling and Inverness were also chosen. Projects will be awarded a grant of up to 50% of their total outlined project costs.
This project aims to transform cycling and walking access to and within one of Scotland's key business parks, enabling people to experience the wider benefits of active travel. These include positive impacts on
- road safety
- public realm
- local economies
- the environment
- health and wellbeing.
This funding will help create an exemplar, people-friendly place with high quality cycling and walking routes. This will be achieved through
- urban design
- community engagement
- promotion of walking and cycling.
Direct links will connect the major business district of South Gyle and Edinburgh Park to surrounding communities and key destinations. This will help us towards our city vision of having one of the greenest and most accessible transport systems in northern Europe by 2030.
MGS Places for People
This project aims to transform a key transport route through the heart of our city with improvements to
- public realm
- cycling and walking conditions.
The route is important to our wider vision of filling gaps in our QuietRoutes network. It will build on current investment and demonstrate the true potential of active travel in a Scottish City.
The scheme will connect the Meadows to the emerging City Centre West to East Link route, which will provide a route for walking and cycling from North to South into the centre along busy streets. Some of these streets see the highest level of cycling in Scotland, including:
- the Mound
- Forrest Road
- Hanover Street
- George IV Bridge.
MGS is at an early stage and there will be significant stakeholder and public engagement to form a collective vision.