About the Leith programme
The Leith programme covers work being carried out on Leith Walk and surrounding streets. You can download the current designs for phases 4 and 5 and the most recent phase 4 stakeholder updates below.
There is essential work we need to do along Leith Walk, Constitution Street and Picardy Place
- junction signal improvements
- road resurfacing and pavement replacement
- reinstating public artworks.
Local people and businesses also told us we need to do more to improve these streets overall. There is an opportunity to do this through some proposed environmental improvements, and additional money from existing Council budgets was identified to help deliver these improvements, including
- improving pavements and better streetscape
- improvements for cyclists
- more greenery and less clutter.
We are working with local businesses to agree better solutions for the storage of waste, including trade waste, once all physical improvements to the streets are complete.
Council and external funding
A report to Finance and Resource Committee recommending total Council funding of £5.5m for road and environmental improvements was agreed on 31 July 2012, with the following amendment:
"The Director of Services for Communities to ensure that the design team assesses a full range of options to give increased priority for cyclists, including dedicated and mixed use lanes, to complement the proposals of the Active Travel Action Plan."
On 24 September 2013, the Transport Minister Keith Brown announced an additional £3.6m for the delivery of an enhanced design providing significant benefits for pedestrians and cyclists, from the Foot of the Walk to Picardy Place.