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Plans for Edinburgh's £9m ‘missing link’ cycle path revealed

Plans for Edinburgh's £9m ‘missing link’ cycle path revealed

Early plans have been revealed for a £9m cycle route between Roseburn and Leith Walk.

A new report by the City of Edinburgh Council says the path is the ‘missing link’ that joins the west and east of the city via the city centre.

Running over 4km, the route would be constructed over four years in four stages and would have areas where cyclists are separated from traffic, making a ‘family friendly’ route in a bid to encourage people who are less confident cycling on the roads.

It would also link with similar planned cycle paths on Leith Walk and George Street.

New plans show that the path does not go through the development at Donaldson College which members of Spokes have been campaigning for, saying that a through-path could allow cycle commuters to bypass the busy Haymarket area.

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If the path is given the green light, preliminary research made by the council forecasts a 16% increase in overall cycle use in the city.

The plans and designs will now be put to a public consultation with people encouraged to make their comments on the plans.

"We are looking for a family-friendly cycle route between Roseburn and Leith Walk,” Transport convener Lesley Hinds said.

"We are doing work in Leith Walk which is cycle friendly and also cycle and walking friendly around the St James' Quarter and George Street will also be a part of that development.

"Some will be segregated cycling and some will be quieter roads.

“We are trying to encourage people to cycle from west to east in a safe manner and feel more confident to do it.”

The new cycle path would mean the removal of a westbound bus lane from West Coates and both bus lanes on Haymarket Terrace.

Parking spaces on Melville Street would also be removed, with the report saying this would result in a "significant reduction in parking spaces on the street." To combat this, it is proposed to introduce shared use parking bay in this area and convert a number of lengths of yellow lines into parking bays.

Another hurdle to the route would be the need to relocate the taxi rank at Haymarket Station with three options being discussed with taxi operators.

“One of the difficult challenges is going to be at Haymarket where we have just changed the taxi rank," Lesley Hinds added.

"That is a key challenge of how to balance the needs of the taxi users and cycle users.”

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The report on the new path plans will be discussed by councillors on October 27.

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