We are changing streets in Leith with new community spaces and making it more comfortable for anyone walking, wheeling or cycling, and providing better connections to
- protected cycle lanes on Leith Walk
- the North Edinburgh Path Network
- the Water of Leith path
- Quiet Route 10 (Leith to Portobello)
- Seafield Road shared use path to Portobello
- the new tram stops at Foot of the Walk and Shore
- existing bus services.
By removing non-residential through traffic and creating new active travel routes it will
- make streets more liveable
- improve streets and make roads safer for everyone
- create a more attractive environment with new public realm spaces.
Why we are delivering Leith Connections
Leith residents have raised concerns about intrusive traffic levels and speeding vehicles on certain streets over several years. We have used these views to help us develop the plans.
The project builds on our
- current cycling and walking projects. Read more information about our projects to build more and better walking and cycling routes.
- Active Travel Action Plan. Read our latest Active Travel Action Plan which was agreed by councillors in February.
- existing cycle network and also the cycling and walking improvements that are part of the Trams to Newhaven project.
The project will also help us to deliver our Local Development Plan Action Programme. Find out more about our Local Development Plan Action programme.
Other benefits and impacts
The Council is prioritising measures to help people walk, wheel, cycle and use public transport over private cars as a key way to reduce air pollution. Evidence from Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in other parts of the country has shown that, over time, the number of households exposed to illegal levels of pollutants has significantly reduced.
Anyone who cannot walk, wheel or cycle still has the choice to use a private car, taxi or public transport. As there will be less vehicles on the road it may also be easier for people who need to use their cars. Private car access for all addresses will be maintained.
Data shows that people with disabilities are more likely to be injured by a motor vehicle than able bodied persons . By reducing vehicle numbers and speeds we want to make sure all members of the community can travel safely around their community.
We are consulting with local groups, including the Edinburgh Access Panel and individual residents to make sure that there is no adverse impact on access for disabled residents.
Local shops and businesses
We will make sure that everyone can access all premises, including shops and businesses. This might mean that journeys in vehicles by shoppers, staff or for deliveries may mean taking a different route. There is a great deal of research that shows that walking and cycling is good for local high streets. This has found that people who walk and cycle visit their high streets more often as journeys can be made without having to think about parking or traffic.
Improvements to our public spaces have also been shown to increase retail sales as people who walk to the high street tend to visit more shops and stay longer.