Project information

City centre west to east cycle link and street improvements project

We are developing a new cycle route linking the Roseburn path to Leith Walk via the city centre which forms part of National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 1.

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 mostly segregated from traffic and will link together planned cycle facilities on Leith Walk with the off-road path network at Roseburn. There will also be links to Haymarket Station, Rutland Square, and Lothian Road.

On foot by bike

You can download the route map and other information relating to the project below.

The planned improvements include

  • new cycle routes with protected cycle tracks on main roads
  • cyclist and pedestrian priority at key junctions to reduce conflict with other traffic
  • making the cycling environment more pleasant through Streetscape / public realm and Quiet Street improvements
  • improved pedestrian and cyclist facilities
  • new or relocated pedestrians and cycle crossings to help people cross roads safely
  • use of quieter side streets where possible
  • resurfacing of some setted side streets not currently suitable for cycling.

The preliminary design for the route was approved in December 2016.  The scheme proposals will now be taken forward to the detailed design in early 2017.  Detailed plans of the route are available to view/download below.


We undertook a public consultation between 16 November 2015 and 1 February 2016.

You can download the consultation report below which details the results of this process.

Project timeline

The project is currently at Stage 3 of the development cycle, as detailed below:

Stage 1 - Initial feasibility study (early 2014) - complete

Stage 2 - Route development (2014-2016) - complete

Stage 3 - Detailed design (2017)

  • detailed scheme design for preferred route - ongoing
  • statutory procedures (Traffic Regulation Order + Redetermination Order)
  • tender preparation and procurement

Stage 4 - Construction (2018-20)

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