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The City of Edinburgh Council seeks approval for £314m city centre masterplan

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September 9 2019

The City of Edinburgh Council seeks approval for £314m city centre masterplan

Edinburgh is seeking approval for an ambitious masterplan which seeks to transform the city centre over the coming decade by investing £314m in infrastructure and public spaces.

The Edinburgh City Centre Transformation Strategy details how pedestrian and cycle links can be approved as part of efforts to reduce vehicle traffic around George Street and the New Town.

Councillor Lesley Macinnes commented: “With our population set to expand rapidly over the next 20 years in the face of various challenges, including the increasingly urgent issue of our climate emergency response, this strategy will help us to build resilience, making sure Edinburgh’s centre continues to thrive, delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for everyone.”

John Lauder, Deputy CEO of Sustrans, added: “The City Centre Transformation is a bold, forward-looking step to reduce emissions, improve air quality and deliver a more liveable city for visitors and residents alike."

Planned interventions include extending car-free streets, reducing the volume of buses on certain routes, better connecting the cycle network, expanding a pedestrian priority zone and coordinated coach and freight management.

A different view of George IV Bridge
A different view of George IV Bridge
A mock-up of the Meadows to George Street project, part of CCT
A mock-up of the Meadows to George Street project, part of CCT

Forrest Road as it could look
Forrest Road as it could look
George IV Bridge as envisioned
George IV Bridge as envisioned

Planned streetscape improvements at the bottom of The Mound
Planned streetscape improvements at the bottom of The Mound

3 Comments

Rankie Lass
#1 Posted by Rankie Lass on 9 Sep 2019 at 14:37 PM
A lot of effort being made to ensure people who want to live in the city centre as sustainable life style can't actually own or use a car. Minimal effort to stop the growth of suburbanite 3-4 car user families.
Congestion charge for cars traveling through the city centre but don't penalise car ownership for those who live in the city centre and use their car intermittently.
E=mc2
#2 Posted by E=mc2 on 10 Sep 2019 at 09:02 AM
Good to see that in the final days of austerity, no expense has been spent in the preparation of realistic 3D images ;)

Either that or the local primary schools are already engaged.

£314m but zero budget for proper presentation imagery.
Urban Realm
#3 Posted by Urban Realm on 11 Sep 2019 at 08:43 AM
More realistic CGI's of the Meadows to George Street project have been added.

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