Help shape the future of George Street layout

The public are invited to help shape the future of one of Edinburgh’s key thoroughfares.

An open day, to be held on Thursday, 13th August, will let people meet the designers working on a long-term vision for George Street.

Participants will be able to give their views on a year-long trial in the street, which has seen the introduction of a dedicated two-way cycle lane and a one-way system for general traffic and buses.

They will also be invited to contribute ideas and opinions on a permanent layout, with the drop-in session featuring four themes for George Street: A Civic Place, A Place for Living, A Place for Enterprise and A Place for Movement.

Transport Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “Throughout this trial we have involved the public to ensure changes take into account the users of the street, and I think that’s reflected in the positive feedback we’ve received along the way.

“Now, as the trial draws to a close, we want to include those who live, work and travel on George Street to help us decide its future, and that’s why it’s so important that people come along to our open day to give their views on a long term plan.

“Making the city centre a great place to be is about striking a balance between work and leisure, practicality and atmosphere – and I think that by working together we can achieve that.”

Throughout the trial, regular stakeholder engagement and on-street interviews with passers-by (approximately 100 per month) have gathered feedback from the public.

Amongst the findings were the importance of cycling facilities to the future of the street to respondents, the need for George Street to be accessible to all and the preference for symmetry in any long-term designs. 

Ironside Farrar have been appointed until October 2015 to turn the mass of information gleaned into design principles. These principles will be presented with the concluding report on the George Street Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) to Committee in November. 

The George Street ETRO finishes on 6th September, 2015, when the street’s layout will revert to that of pre-September 2014, when the trial began. This means both sides of carriageway will be open and the cycle lane removed, as will all marquees and decking.  

At this time, an interim cycle facility will be introduced, as approved by Transport and Environment Committee on 2nd June.

The open day will be held at the Roxburghe Hotel on Thursday, 13th August, 3pm to 7pm.

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