Route Finalised

Edinburgh City Council has made the decision to go ahead with the proposed segregated cycle route along Roseburn Terrace. The route will complete the missing link from the West to the city centre and North Edinburgh Path Network, giving a safe and direct cycle route where people want to travel. The project also includes measures to reduce ‘rat-running’ in adjacent streets and improved provision for pedestrians and shoppers.

The Council’s Future Transport Working Group made this key decision for the future for our streets at their meeting on Friday 16th December. Back in August, the planned East-West City Centre Cycle Route was approved by the Transport and Environment Committee, but a decision on the Roseburn section was postponed.

Now the decision has been taken, with the support of all the parties on the council, to go ahead with an enhanced Option A at Roseburn. We would like to thank all who have worked so hard to find a solution that meets the needs of our community and of those who pass through.

  • Councillor Lesley Hinds – convenor of the Council’s Transport and Environment Committee.

  • Our elected representatives, especially our own Councillors Frank Ross, Jeremy Balfour and Paul Edie and the Future Transport Working Committee, consisting of Councillors Lesley Hinds, Adam McVey, Nick Cook, Nigel Bagshaw and Robert Aldridge.

  • The Council’s officers, who have faced a huge task in revising and re-revising the designs to address concerns from the community.

  • The members of the Stakeholder Group, including the Roseburn Traders, Murrayfield Community Council and Spokes, whose feedback has resulted in a more workable design.

  • All those who have supported the proposal by writing to their councillors, publicising the benefits and ‘riding the route’.

Of course, with constrained space, there have had to be compromises in some aspects of the design, but the latest refinements mean that there are many advantages for the community of Roseburn, not just those that currently cycle or will start once a safe route is built.

  1. Pedestrians will benefit from a new crossing of Roseburn Terrace at Tesco and improvements to the existing crossing by Roseburn Gardens. Improvements to the footways and increased traffic separation will make it a more pleasant environment for walking and shopping.

  2. Residents and school-children benefit from the blocking of the narrow Roseburn Place - Roseburn Gardens rat-run, which is currently used by over 200 vehicles per hour at peak times.

  3. Businesses benefit from the improved pedestrian environment and custom of passing cyclists, with a stretch of 24 hour loading and parking on Roseburn Terrace, where currently only off-peak is allowed.

  4. Cyclists benefit from the link from the West to the city centre and North Edinburgh Path Network, giving a safe and direct cycle route where people want to travel. This will encourage more people to leave their cars behind and take a healthier active transport option and it leaves more space on the road for the traffic that comes with the planned city growth.

The major concerns with the proposed scheme have been addressed.

  1. Traffic modelling has shown that whilst the blocked rat-run and new pedestrian crossing will impact traffic flows on Russell Road and Roseburn Street, the cycle lane will have minimal incremental impact as it is already limited by the junctions. The use of modern intelligent signals will optimise throughput and over time, driver behaviours will alter with some changing to alternative routes and others switching modes of travel, similar to what recent happened during the bridgeworks on Russell Road.

  2. While there is an overall reduction in loading on Roseburn Terrace, the parking and loading on the south side becomes 24 hour (currently off-peak) and some of the parking in Murrayfield Place and Murrayfield Avenue will become short-stay, making spaces available for shoppers just 2 minutes walk from Roseburn Terrace.

We understand that this decision will be disappointing for some, but the experience in other cities is that the provision of good quality cycling infrastructure is benefiting businesses and leading people to switch to cycling, thus reducing congestion and improving health.

This article from Spokes and our Blog give more information about the decision.