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February 22 2019

Edinburgh streetscape improvements prioritise pedestrians

The city of Edinburgh could become far more pedestrian friendly following the publication of responses to a city-wide consultation exercise which support a radical shift in emphasis from vehicles to people.

Under the plans, key routes such as The Royal Mile, Cowgate and Lothian Road would be overhauled after 5,000 people gave their views on the future of the city, to which three quarters backed reducing vehicle traffic and the creation of car-free streets.

Transport convener Lesley Macinnes said: "Our vision for the city’s future is ambitious and it’s clear from the recent consultation that the people of Edinburgh share that ambition.

"There is not only a demand for change but a recognition that this needs to be significant in order to achieve an inspiring, healthier and more inviting city in which to live, work and play.”

The ambitious plans will be considered by the council’s transport and environment committee in May.

Even the weather will improve following the work
Even the weather will improve following the work
Indicative concept visualisations have been produced by Jacobs, here showing The Royal Mile
Indicative concept visualisations have been produced by Jacobs, here showing The Royal Mile

Lothian Road as it exists at present
Lothian Road as it exists at present
Widened pavements, greenery and improved wayfinding will support footfall
Widened pavements, greenery and improved wayfinding will support footfall

5 Comments

Folly
#1 Posted by Folly on 24 Feb 2019 at 21:29 PM
And George Street???
CADMonkey
#2 Posted by CADMonkey on 25 Feb 2019 at 15:21 PM
#1
That would be joined up thing which is banned by the councils. These are 2 different design teams. Jacobs on this one it seems and LDN on George Street.

And whilst o the subject does "Transport convener Lesley Macinnes" have any education at all on transport matters?

And why are cyclists shown if it is to be pedestrianized?
Neil McAllister
#3 Posted by Neil McAllister on 25 Feb 2019 at 17:21 PM
I like the magic wand waving that gets rid of the cars. I can see it on the Royal Mile where primarily routes cross it but Lothian Road is one of the major routes out of the city.

I'd love to be proved wrong as this does look much better than current reality.
Philip
#4 Posted by Philip on 25 Feb 2019 at 20:10 PM
This is woeful. Seriously lacking design quality or interpretation of its location. Just some baaad photoshopped trees and over designed surfaces. Jacob’s, really? They should stick to water biscuits, this is guff.
Is Scotland, with Edinburgh as its capital and worst example, the most dull and repressed urban design environment in Northern Europe?
Walt Disney
#5 Posted by Walt Disney on 27 Feb 2019 at 09:36 AM
That's a great idea. Because Edinburgh has such fantastic public transport it makes complete sense to stop cars coming in to the city centre. Scotrail are world renown for their efficiency and value for money, the Edinburgh trams are fast and can take you anywhere in the city and the busses are quick, clean and not full of neds.

Think I'll move back to Glasgow to work....

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