George Street and First New Town redesign

We are committed to creating a vision for the future of central Edinburgh.

A key step to achieving this goal is to plan for improvements to the quality and operation of the First New Town streets of

  • George Street
  • Castle Street
  • Frederick Street
  • Hanover Street.

The design aims to create a vibrant area with a world class street environment that is safe for all users. It will enhance its use for pedestrians while prioritising active travel for all.

The project builds on previous input from residents, businesses and interested parties. We adopted the design principles following a trial last year to provide more space for pedestrians and cyclists on George Street.

Initial concept design consultation

The consultation on the initial concept design ended on 25 January 2019. Following analysis of comments, it is planned to report to the Transport and Environment Committee on 16 May on the outcome of the consultation.

Download draft concept design information boards (PDFs)

Design objectives

Participants at the first public drop-in event held during winter 2017/2018 helped refine design objectives for the First New Town. The purpose is to help guide the development of a design for the area.

  1. World class place - create a world class place that respects and enhances the World Heritage Site.
  2. Pedestrian experience - enlarge and enhance public and pedestrian space, creating a safe, vibrant place for all.
  3. Sustainable transport - prioritise active travel and access for people with a disability or impairment, with public parking on George Street seen as lowest priority.
  4. Flexible space - develop an adaptable street design, in particular enabling use for appropriate events.

The feedback has also helped to identify many key considerations when developing the design. Linked to the objectives, these considerations will also feed into our City Centre Transformation project.

To receive project updates and information on public consultation events email

Download the consultation, key considerations and programme (PDF, 9 MB)

Download the George Street public life street assessment (PDF, 17 MB)

Download the executive summary of the report (PDF, 9 MB)

Do you have any comments about this page?

Help us improve

  • The City of Edinburgh Council will only use this email address to respond to any issues raised.