Marchmont to King's Buildings cycle route

Project information

We are currently developing a scheme to improve cycling conditions between Marchmont and the University of Edinburgh's King's Buildings campus. The scheme is part of our Active Travel Action plan.

Download the Active Tracel Action plan (PDF - 7.25MB)

On foot by bike

The route between Marchmont and King's Buildings attracts a significant number of cyclists, many travelling to, and between, the University of Edinburgh's campuses. These proposals aim to improve conditions for them, and encourage more people to cycle along this corridor. The proposed improvements include

  • new on-road cycle lanes
  • extended hours of parking and loading restrictions, to reduce the amount of time that cycle lanes may be blocked by parked or loading vehicles
  • a new road layout in the Kilgraston Road/Grange Loan/Blackford Avenue/Oswald Road area. This will help to reduce conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians in this area, and will improve pedestrian crossing opportunities
  • a trial of 'early start' cycle signals at Blackford Junction is also proposed. This would give cyclists time to move off in advance of general traffic, and would be the first time these have been used in the city.

Download Marchmont to King's Buildings cycle route plans (PDFs)

We are also proposing to introduce a 20mph speed limit along most of the Marchmont to King's Buildings cycle route. This is a separate initiative designed to improve road safety and increase the attractiveness of walking and cycling in the area.


A public consultation was undertaken on the proposals in October 2014. Read consultation details.

Download the consultation leaflet (PDF - 604.4 KB)

The next step will be a statutory consultation on the Traffic Orders required to implement the scheme (e.g. to restrict parking and loading). This is expected to be advertised publicly in 2016 with a view to constructing the scheme in 2017.

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