Corstorphine Connections

 

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We're proposing a safer and more comfortable environment for residents walking, cycling, wheeling and spending time in the local streets and outdoor spaces of Corstorphine.

To meet these objectives, the Transport and Environment Committee has approved the development of a trial Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) in the area.

Latest update

Phase 1 – Jan 2023 – April 2023

The project’s first phase of construction started on 23 January 2023 with implementation of changes on Featherhall Crescent, Corstorphine High Street and Saughton Road North.

We have had to delay implementation of the one-way street at the northern end of Featherhall Avenue and the bus gate on Manse Road until March/April 2023. This is due to a recent urgent requirement for significant gas works on Meadow Place Road. It was judged that it would be better not to have both sets of road works occurring at the same time and the urgent nature of the gas work has taken priority.

Phase 2 – late Spring 2023

Phase Two will see footway widening and crossing improvements introduced and is currently planned to start in late Spring 2023.  These works will make it easier for people walking in the area and address some of the issues with narrow and sub-standard footways on key streets. Please refer to the locations on scheme plans below in the Project Details section.

Experimental Traffic Regulation Order – new start date April 2023

Due to the above delay of phase one, we have also had to push back the date of the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO). The ETRO, and its consultation, are now due to start around April 2023, when the implementation of the changes to Featherhall Avenue and Manse Road are expected to be complete.

Once we have a confirmed specific start date for the ETRO will share this on our website, mailing list and through the on-street notices and press advert.

The best way to stay informed is via our mailing list (see link below).

ETRO process

In line with the new Scottish Government process for ETROs (Experimental Traffic Regulations Orders) the public consultation on the ETRO will commence with the start of the ETRO and implementation of the trial LTN. This consultation will then run for 6 months.

An Experimental Traffic Regulation Order is like a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). It is a legal mechanism used to introduce trial changes to the layout of a road for a limited period of 18 months

The legal power to use an ETRO comes from the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and the Council follows the process set out in The Local Authorities Traffic Orders (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 1999.

An ETRO may be used to introduce restrictions or prohibitions on

  • parking
  • loading
  • certain vehicles such as general traffic but maintaining access for buses, taxis, cycles and emergency services.

ETROs can remain in place for a maximum of 18 months while the effects are monitored and assessed.

Commenting on the ETRO measures

We will provide detail on how to comment on the ETRO shortly before consultation commences. This is currently scheduled start around April 2023. 

Project Details

The Scheme design highlights the overarching plan for the LTN area.

Picture showing plan of low traffic neighbourhood scheme in Corstorphine

The LTN traffic operations plan indicates how the network of roads will operate from 24 February 2023, when the ETRO comes into force.

An LTN is a group of residential streets where through traffic or intrusive traffic is removed whilst all residents' properties and businesses remain accessible by vehicles when required.

Developing LTNs is part of Council’s the City Mobility Plan which in turn is a key strategy for delivering the City’s target of net zero carbon by 2030.

Project objectives:

Improve the safety of routes to schools in the area

  • understand and address issues identified with speed and volume of traffic in residential streets
  • improve walking and cycling routes and access in the area
  • improve local air quality
  • facilitate placemaking improvements in the local area.

You can find more details about the scheme through our Transport and Environment Committee reports and updates:

August 2021 report

November 2021 update

January 2022 update

September 2022 update

Monitoring Plan

We will be monitoring a range of before and after data sets to assess the impact of the scheme. The summary of our monitoring plan and pre-implementation data can be seen in the reports below.

Monitoring and Evaluation plan

Baseline Data Summary report

Residents and Shoppers survey

Previous community engagement

At each stage of the project we have engaged with the local community. Below are links to each of these engagements, including summary reports.

Stage 1 engagement – Spring 2021

Stage 2 engagement – Summer 2021 

LTN placemaking engagement 

School Streets placemaking engagement

How to stay informed

Sign up to our project mailing list

Next steps

Download a timeline of the project programme

FAQs

Our FAQs should assist with any further queries you may have.