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.
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 sections
- Section 1 will go from Roseburn to Haymarket
- Section 2 will go from Haymarket to Charlotte Square
- Section 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
- additional Zone 1 Permit Parking spaces
- new and improved pedestrian crossings
- improved pavement surfaces
- resurfacing of key setted streets.
The initial design for the route was approved in December 2016. You can read the Committee Report from the Future Transport Working Group here. Since then the scheme proposals have been further developed to detailed designs. Further periods of statutory consultation are required before the project can be delivered. This includes a Traffic Regulation Order and a Redetermination Order (also known as a Roads Scotland Order) for each of the three Sections.
Between November 2015 and February 2016, we held a public consultation to discuss the project proposal.
We have held consultations with the local community and key stakeholders to develop proposals or public realm improvements in
- Melville Crescent
- Randolph Place.
Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) and Redetermination Order (RSO) statutory consultation
Before the Council can make changes to
- parking and loading restrictions
- cycle paths
we must provide an opportunity for people to comment.
Statutory Consultations have been carried out for Section 1, between Roseburn and Haymarket, and these are now subject to a Public Hearing which took place on 4 and 5 November 2019. The Reporter's recommendation is expected in early 2020.
Statutory Consultations have been carried out for Section 2. Representations were reported to the meeting of the Transport and Environment Committee on Thursday 20 June. The Redetermination Order for Section 2 is subject to Scottish Government Decisions. We are awaiting a timescale for this.
Statutory Consultations for part of Section 3 (Section 3a - York Place and Queen Street between Elder Street and North St David Street) have taken place. This part of the route only required an RSO as there were no changes to waiting and loading, or permitted vehicle movements. You can view the RSO designs for 3a below.
Statutory Consultations for the remainder of Section 3 are expected to commence in the coming months.
The initial study was complete in 2014 and the route was developed between 2014/2016.
The project is at stage 4 of the development which is programmed to complete during 2020/21. Stage 4 aims to
- develop technical design
- complete statutory procedures
- tender preparation and procurement.
Subject to completion of all statutory consultation procedures, construction is due to commence in sections one and two in May 2020.
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