April 2014

A90 path consultation

[Updated 24.4.14 with details of temporary closures/diversions during work]
Work starts soon on Section 5 of the cycleroute to the Forth Bridge, and Edinburgh Council is also consulting on section 3…

Edinburgh to the Forth Bridge is probably the most important single stretch of non-urban cycleroute in Scotland, taking cycle tourists of all types from Scotland’s Capital, where many begin their holiday, to Fife, Perthshire and the Highlands.  It should be a flagship tourist route.  It is also an essential commuter route and an important local leisure route.

Its condition in parts has been truly appalling, indeed downright dangerous, but after heavy lobbying over more than 10 years, work is now well underway, with 2 sections complete, work starting soon on a third, and two more now being planned.  The full story is on this page.

We hope within the next 12 months or so to see a huge improvement, with a comfortable and signed route the whole way.   Some sections, unfortunately, are right by the A90 and incredibly noisy in the rush hour, but if you aren’t in a hurry there is also a delightful (but longer) coastal route [see Spokes West Lothian map].

The following map shows the locations of sections 2-5  [Note – the section numbering follows the route, it is not in order of implementation]

1404 A90_Plan_Sections

Work is due to start on Section 5 on May 6, continuing to 28 August.  Details of the dates, diversions and an address for further info are pasted in at the end of this article.

The Council is now also consulting on options for Section 3.  This is a tricky decision with, apparently, a trade-off between the available path width and the provision of a physical barrier and possibly also a glare barrier [in hours of darkness cyclists are often blinded by the headlights of oncoming traffic].   Click here for the survey form [note that you can only complete it once].   The survey closes on Friday 2 May at midday.  Consultation letter [pdf 74k].

Click here for lots more about the A90 path and its history.

Path closure and diversions during works May-August 2014 [Council email reprinted]


The City of Edinburgh Council, in partnership with Sustrans, is currently progressing a scheme to enhance cycling and walking provision between Edinburgh and the Forth Road Bridge. This scheme supports walking and cycling policies detailed in the Council’s Local Transport Strategy and Active Travel Action Plan.

The current phase of this project involves upgrading the path between the section completed last year (Burnshot Wood) and the Burnshot junction. It is currently anticipated that construction for this phase will commence on Tuesday 6th May 2014, for a period of 16 weeks.  In order to facilitate these works, the following is required:

Closure of A90 Burnshot Off-Slip Road

Tuesday 6th May – late August 2014

Closure of A90 Cycleway (between B924 Chapel Gate and Burnshot Junction)

Tuesday 6th May – late August 2014

During the slip road closure a temporary diversion route for southbound vehicles will be signed from South Queensferry, on both the A90 and the B924. Please note that bus services will be unable to use the stop, and will omit Burnshot and operate directly along the A90 to Cramond.

The A90 will remain open to vehicles at all times, however an off-peak lane closure will be in operation to ensure a safe working area for the contractors. A 50mph speed limit will also be in place whilst the lane closure is in effect.

A temporary diversion route for pedestrians and cyclists will be available through Dalmeny Estate for the duration of the works. This can be accessed from the main entrance to Dalmeny House at Chapel Gate on the B924 to the north, and the Burnshot flyover to the south. Whilst the path closure is in effect, the diversion will be clearly signed along its full length.

If you have any queries or would like a plan of the diversion routes, please contact Mr Callum Smith, Senior Professional Officer (Projects Development) on 0131 469 3592 or c.smith@edinburgh.gov.uk.

The Council would like to apologise for any inconvenience which may arise during the works, and we will seek to minimise any disruption where possible.



Callum Smith
Projects Development | The City of Edinburgh Council | Transport | Services for Communities | Level C2 Waverley Court | 4 East Market Street |
Edinburgh, EH8 8BG  Tel 0131 469 3592 | c.smith@edinburgh.gov.uk | www.edinburgh.gov.uk

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