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Picardy Place junction configuration finalised

April 18 2018

Picardy Place junction configuration finalised
Edinburgh City Council has finalised its contentious configuration of roads and paving at Picardy Place following detailed consultations with end users.

Construction work on the scheme can now begin in May for completion by the end of the year to transform the traffic island into a transport hub capable of accommodating pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles as well as a future tram link to Newhaven.

Final alterations include a reduction in the number of traffic lanes, a simplification of crossings, cycle priority measures and an upgrade of traffic signaling.

Transport Convener Councillor Lesley Macinnes commented: "While it is very challenging to accommodate the many conflicting expectations of different groups and individuals, we believe that these improved designs have taken on board the best mix possible of everyone’s thinking around this crucial gateway to Edinburgh's Old and New Towns World Heritage Site.”

Optimised Environments are in the final stages of drafting public realm proposals for St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral.


#1 Posted by StyleCouncil on 18 Apr 2018 at 15:06 PM
Glad to see there is little or no room for the inevitable architectural dross that was threatening fill the middle.
#2 Posted by Inahuf on 18 Apr 2018 at 21:00 PM
Grief, not looking forward to trying to walk around there! Roads-led in the centre of a City.... what happened to Designing Streets and movement first, never mind some useable public space it’s all obliterated unless you fancy sitting in the middle of a road junction.
#3 Posted by Cadmonkey on 19 Apr 2018 at 12:33 PM
What catches my eye is the space dedicated to cyclists. It dominates.
On Leith Walk cyclists almost always ignore the cycle lanes and cycle on the road.
#4 Posted by Inahuf on 19 Apr 2018 at 18:25 PM
@cadmonkey - agreed! What’s with the dogleg the cyclists will never follow and the cycle reservations at junctions on the road as well as cycle lanes. It’s a dogs breakfast
Trombe Wall
#5 Posted by Trombe Wall on 20 Apr 2018 at 08:50 AM
Should have removed the Leith St - Broughton St link, allowing St Mary's public realm extending into the middle of the area. Looking at the present scheme, there is no public space left.

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