The City of Edinburgh Council seeks approval for £314m city centre masterplan
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September 9 2019
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.
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