Leith Connections

How to share your views on the Experimental Traffic Order

We are trialling some of the measures by creating them under an Experimental Traffic Order (ETRO). We are keen to hear your feedback on the changes. Your feebdack is key to the monitoring and evaluation  of the project.

The Scottish Government process for ETROs states that a public consultation must run for six months and begin when the ETRO starts.

We will monitor the effects of the changes throughout the trial period. In line with the ETRO process, within 18 months a decision will be made on whether to make the changes permanent.

What is an ETRO?

An Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) 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
  • movement of 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 we monitor and assess the effects.

What changes are part of the ETRO

We are keen to hear your feedback on all parts of the project and your feedback is key to the  monitoring and evaluation of the project. Some of the changes have been introduced as part of the ETRO process and these are:

  • Prohibition to motor vehicles at Tolbooth Wynd/ Water Street junction
  • Making Tolbooth Wynd two way operation
  • Prohibition to motor vehicles at Wellington Place/ John’s Place junction
  • Westbound bus lane/ bus gate on Links Place
  • Contraflow cycling on one way streets within the area - Water Street, Carpet Lane, Giles Street, Spier's Place, Maritime Lane, Seaport Street.
  • Restrictions on waiting and loading associated with new pavement buildouts

Should you have comments or suggestions about other aspects of the project please contact leithconnections@edinburgh.gov.uk

How to comment on the ETRO

From 9 October 2023 until 8 April 2024, you can comment on the trial changes that the project has introduced.

You can view plans and the traffic order details on the Traffic Orders section of the Council's website under ETRO/23/20.

Please share your comments by emailing Edinburgh.Consultation@projectcentre.co.uk

Or by writing to us at

Traffic Orders
3.3 Waverley Court
4 East Market Street