Local Transport Strategy 2014-2019 under discussion by councillors

Key local transport issues will go before councillors next week, ahead of a public consultation.

Since 2007, the Council's transport projects have been guided by the Local Transport Strategy (LTS) 2007 - 2012, now extended to the end of 2013.

Proposals for a new LTS 2014 - 2019 are now being developed to direct the Council's Roads and Transport investment and service delivery for the next five years.

Many of the policies and objectives in the existing strategy are still relevant, and these will be continued or updated in the next LTS. However, there are some significant areas of policy where there is scope for choice and change over the next five years.

It is these key issues that will be going before Councillors next week, including:

  • Extending 20mph speed limit zones - potentially to all residential and shopping streets
  • Extending 30mph speed limit zones - potentially on all streets with any urban frontage (i.e. houses, shops or businesses) - with the exception of dual carriageways like Calder Road
  • Introducing some degree of Sunday parking controls
  • Using net revenue from Sunday parking specifically to improve Sunday bus services
  • Investigating the possible introduction of a Low Emissions Zone

On Tuesday, the Council's Transport and Environment Committee will be asked to approve these priorities, and put them forward for consultation with the general public and key stakeholders.

Environment Convenor Lesley Hinds said: "This is a great opportunity to shape the future direction of transport in Edinburgh, and we're keen to hear the views of as many members of the public and interest groups as possible".

Further information:

  1. The existing LTS covers the period 2007-2012. In October 2012, it was extended to cover a further 12 months.
  2. The key issues for review were identified by: examining the Capital Coalition Pledges; workshops with relevant Council staff; and consultation with the transport spokespersons of the political groups.
  3. Transport issues not covered in detail in this report fall into two categories:
  • Issues in which there is no planned change in policy direction, on some of which a detailed Action Plan has been recently published.
  • Areas of change being dealt with through other processes. 

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