Transport Scotland Announces £12 Million Cycling Network in Edinburgh

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View from Princess Street

Plans for Multi million pound cycling and walking routes released as part of Transport Scotland’s bid to promote healthier commuting in Scotland’s busiest cities.

Two new cycling routes will be built in the capital. Half of the funding comes from government agency Transport Scotland, with Edinburgh Council footing the rest of the bill. One of the planned routes will go from the Meadows to George Street and the other from Roseburn to Edinburgh Park.

The West Edinburgh network, from Roseburn to Edinburgh park, will cost £8 million. This route takes commuters to the university campuses of Napier and Herriot Watt, passing by the Gyle Shopping and business centre and a host of local communities. These range from Stenhouse and Saughton, to Sighthill and Wester Hailes. Routes will also allow cycle access to the new housing developments in East Craigs and Cammo.

The Meadows / George Street network will cost £4.3 million, taking cyclists through Hanover Street, The Mound, Bank Street, North Bank Street, George IV Bridge and Forrest Road – linking the historic Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

Credit: Edinburgh City Council

Humza Yousaf the Scottish Transport Minister said:

“Through the Community Links Plus award people will be able to enjoy new active travel routes and, whether it is for commuting or leisure, more people across Scotland will be able to enjoy the benefits of greener and healthier modes of transport.”

Deputy director for at Sustrans Scotland, Daisy Narayanan said:

“Funding all five final projects is a bold step towards a healthier, more sustainable and vibrant Scotland which designs places around the needs of people over vehicular access.”
 The two Edinburgh routes were chosen alongside others in Glasgow, Stirling and Inverness as part of Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links Plus competition. The annual competition has offered half of the funding for all shortlisted proposals, a first in their long line of previous projects.

 

 

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