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Campaign to open Leith cycle route steps up a gear

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July 16 2008

A redundant railway line from Pilrig Park across Leith Walk could be reborn if environmental pressure group, Greener Leith, achieve their ambitions.

Designed exclusively for the use of cyclists and walkers the bridge would straddle a busy road and create a link between the North Edinburgh Cycle Network and routes east to Portobello.

The designers aim to replicate the success of the Mile End “Green” Bridge in London which has conjoined two areas of disparate parkland bisected by a busy trunk road.  Through introduction of planting that bridge feels like a natural extension to the park.

John Lauder, Sustrans national director for Scotland, said: "We would strongly support this idea. Edinburgh has quite a good cycling network but the problem is the gaps and this bridge would be the solution for one of them.”

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