Local Transport Strategy sets out vision for a sustainable Edinburgh

The Local Transport Strategy sets out policies and actions for the next five years which will contribute to the City of Edinburgh Council’s vision of a thriving, successful and sustainable city.

A draft of the strategy will be presented to the Transport and Environment Committee on August 27 and reports on the feedback received during the extensive public consultation which was carried out this year.

If approved, the Council will carry out final consultation before publishing the full strategy in January 2014.

Proposals include:

  • Improvements to the city centre;
  • Extending 20mph speed limit areas;
  • Developing proposals to extend parking controls on Sundays;
  • Piloting the closure of streets around schools at school start and finish times;
  • Consulting on options to improve air quality;
  • Developing a new travel planning service to work with Edinburgh's employers.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Transport and Environment Convener, said: "Keeping traffic flowing smoothly and safely is necessary for a modern and busy city such as Edinburgh, and we also have to ensure that pedestrians are protected.
 
"The next five years is an important period for transport in Edinburgh, with the introduction of trams, encouraging more active and environmentally-friendly ways of getting around the city, and combining these services to create an integrated transport network."

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