Cycling and walking projects

City centre west to east Link

We are developing a new cycle route linking the Roseburn path to Leith Walk via the city centre. This route will form part of National Cycle Network (NCN) route 1. The route will be a key part of Edinburgh's quiet routes network.New proposed cycle route on Melville Street/Queensferry Street.

The aim is to provide a cycle route which is designed for less confident cyclists and those who may be concerned about cycling in busy traffic. The route will be separate from traffic and will link planned cycle facilities on Leith Walk with the off-road path network at Roseburn. There will also be links to

  • Haymarket Station
  • Rutland Square
  • Lothian Road.

The project will be delivered in 3 stages.  Stage

  • 1 will go from Roseburn to Haymarket
  • 2 will go from Haymarket to Charlotte Square
  • 3 will go from St Andrew's Square to York Place.

The route itself will run along key streets including

  • Roseburn Terrace
  • West Coates
  • Melville Street
  • Charlotte Square
  • York Place.

The planned improvements include

  • new cycle routes with protected cycle tracks on the main road
  • cyclist and pedestrian priority at key junctions
  • significant improvements to the on-street environment, with dedicated public realm projects at Roseburn, Haymarket, Melville Crescent and Randolph Place
  • more cycle parking
  • new and improved pedestrian crossings
  • improved pavement surfaces
  • resurfacing of key setted streets.

The initial design for the route was approved in December 2016. The scheme proposals will now be further developed to detailed designs during 2017/18. This will include another period of statutory consultation.

Download the final preliminary designs (PDFs)


Between November 2015 and February 2016, we held a public consultation to discuss the project proposal.

Download consultation report from July 2016 (PDF - 7.11 MB)

We have held consultations with the local community and key stakeholders to develop proposals or public realm improvements in

  • Roseburn
  • Melville Crescent
  • Randolph Place.

Download the rejuvenating Roseburn report (PDF - 3.09 MB)

Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) and Redetermination Order (RSO) statutory consultation

Before the Council can make changes to

  • parking and loading restrictions
  • pavements
  • roads
  • cycle paths

we must provide an opportunity for people to comment.

Read the committee report and the meeting minutes following the consultation from the TRO and RSO for section 1.

Similar statutory consultations will be held for sections 2 and 3 early next year.

Project timeline

The initial study was complete in 2014 and the route was developed between 2014/2016.

The project is at stage 3 of the development and aims to be finished between 2017/2018. Stage 3 aims to

  • design the scheme for a preferred route
  • complete statutory procedures
  • tender preparation and procurement.

Stage 4 will develop the construction in 2019/2020.

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