Have your say on Meadows to George Street improvements

Views are being sought from the public as part of a project to improve key streets between the Meadows and George Street in Edinburgh.

Meadows to George Street: Streets for People is a Community Links PLUS initiative to transform the transport corridor, significantly enhancing the quality of walking, cycling and public space.

The initial phase of the scheme will gather people’s opinions about the current conditions and issues along the streets covering Hanover Street, The Mound, George IV Bridge, Forrest Road, Bristo Place and Teviot Place. 

Highlighting the importance of the project to Edinburgh’s clean air ambitions and the wider Central Edinburgh Transformation, engagement will kick off on national Clean Air Day. The Meadows to George Street delivery team will be talking to people on these streets and listening to their views on desired improvements as part of Edinburgh Summer Summit celebrations

Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “As we gear up for our Clean Air Day celebrations, this is a great opportunity to really think about putting people back in the heart of one of Edinburgh’s most historic corridors. 

“It’s essential that we achieve high quality, accessible design solutions for these streets, which are at the core of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site, and that we ensure everyone is able to have their say to influence the design process. We look forward to engaging with people and hearing their views over the coming months.”

Sustrans Scotland’s Head of Infrastructure, Matthew Macdonald, said: “The ‘Meadows to George Street’ project will vastly improve the experience for people using these historic streets to walk or cycle through, to socialise in, and to shop in. The project will create safer, friendlier and more attractive places to move through and live in. 

"The City of Edinburgh Council have demonstrated real vision in their proposal and has shown they are motivated to create culturally distinct and economically vibrant streets that improve journeys for people on foot and on bikes.”

Meadows to George Street: Streets for People is funded by the Scottish Government through Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links PLUS design competition. The Council, their design consultants and project partner Sustrans will now run a series of events and activities over the summer period to gather the views of anyone who uses this route or who has an interest in it. 

The project will build upon the Council’s Active Travel Action Plan and the emerging Central Edinburgh Transformation project. After the initial engagement phase, the Council will use feedback to begin developing concept ideas for improvements, with further consultation on concepts expected in autumn 2018. 

Further information on upcoming events is available on the project web page, where people can also sign up for updates and share their views via the online Placecheck tool

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