Sarah Barth December 17 2016
A new route has been agreed for an ambitious new £5.5 million project to create a family-friendly west to east cycle route through the centre of Edinburgh.
The City of Edinburgh Council’s Future Transport Working Group held a public meeting this week to decide on the City Centre West to East Link and Street Improvements (CCWEL).
The project aims to install a largely protected cycle way to and through the city centre, providing a crucial link from existing QuietRoutes in north and west Edinburgh to Leith Walk.
It intends to encourage many more commuters to choose to travel into town by bike or on foot instead of by car, reducing congestion and contributing to improved air quality as well as boosting health and fitness.
A new stakeholder group was created to help project staff finalise the design.
The group, whose members include the Transport Convener and Vice Convener, the transport representatives of the other political groups, local ward members, relevant local groups and selected officers, has met on four occasions over the past few months, with two sub-groups also convening to focus on issues specific to Haymarket and Roseburn.
There was also a traffic modelling session to show stakeholders the traffic impacts of the proposals in the Roseburn area.
In recognition of local concerns, it was also agreed that a comprehensive review would be carried out 12 months after the implementation of the route.
Transport Convener Councillor Lesley Hinds said: “I’m pleased that we’ve now arrived at a final design for this bold and transformational project, which will make it so much easier to cycle and walk into and right through the city centre by linking up with our already well-used QuietRoutes across the north and west of Edinburgh.