See also our tram downloads page. Our 2008 Dutch consultant report is in para 0812, part 2.
See also Council web pages on the ‘Leith Improvement Project’ – to be updated as it proceeds. Note: the entire council website was revamped in early 2014, and much of the early information is no longer accessible.
See also Spokes news items
- 150206 – Bus lanes to be scrapped Saturday & offpeak, including Leith Walk
- 140905 – 20mph consultation – Leith Walk 20mph at risk
- 130924 – Government cash for Leith Walk cycle improvements
- 130114 – Leith Walk future, joint submission by Spokes and others
- 100509 – Survey shows cycling importance of Leith Walk corridor
See also Greener Leith articles
- 150222 – Parking enforcement to begin on Leith Walk
- 150213 – Leith Walk to suffer from bus lane times cutbacks
- 141117 – Leith Walk cycling plans might change if tram comes?
- 140907 – 20mph consultation re. Leith Walk
- 140629 – Picardy Place ideas from Sustrans & others
- 140529 – Leith Walk included in council 20mph consultation
- 140322 – Leith Walk tram plans may be revived
- 140216 – Draft plans for Foot of Walk
- 131223 – Traders object to car parking cut in TRO (Traffic Reg Order)
- 130924 – Government £3.6m announced for Leith Walk
- 130720 – Comment after ‘Stakeholder’ mtg prior to 23.7.13 exhibition
- 130619 – Leith Walk alternative ‘Dutch’ design by Iain Longstaffe
- 130608 – Comment on Council’s much improved June LW plans
- 130508 – Antisocial & illegal car parking in LW
- 120607 – GL LW consultation meeting report
- 120504 – Emily Dodd’s Leith Walk movie nightmare
1501 Leith Street future Spokes has objected to the St James Quarter proposals as they omit a cycling facility in Leith Street [we also support some positive aspects of the proposals]. Spokes letter [pdf 208k]
1501 Leith Walk: anti-social parking on footways & cycle lanes Due to a mix-up the parking has not been illegal. This will shortly be rectified and a purge instituted. Letter from Council to Stuart Hay of Living Streets [pdf 134k].
1412 Leith Walk: Pilrig to Picardy Place delayed Council report on possible tram extensions [pdf 240k]. Cycle facilities implications: Phase 4, Pilrig-Annandale delayed to Autumn 2015 due to tram re-think. Phase 5, Annandale-Picardy unspecified delay for integration with St James Quarter development. Construction of both had been due now, i.e. winter 2014/2105 – see 1405 below [appendix 4 of council report].
1411 Leith Walk: Pilrig to Picardy Place Greener Leith is sceptical whether Pilrig-Picardy segregation will remain if plans to extend the tram are approved. However the Council has not yet suggested that – and it could mean losing their Sustrans Leith Walk funding. There also have been strong hints of segregation being extended through Picardy Place [1410 below], which would make less sense if Picardy-Pilrig not also segregated.
1410 Leith Walk: Pilrig to Picardy Place + Leith Street We understand the Pilrig-Picardy plans have been delayed for some months beyond the dates in 1405 below, pending decisions on how they link into Picardy Place, which is being decided in conjunction with the St James and tram developments. No Picardy Place plans have yet been issued but there are hints that a segregated cycling solution is likely to be part of it. If so, and if it is good, the delay may be worthwhile. However hints are that the top half of Leith Street, a vital cycling connection but with a serious traffic pinch point, may get no cycle provision.
1405 Council report on Leith Walk progress [pdf 2.3MB] including Foot of Walk, Foot to Pilrig, Pilrig to Picardy. As expected, segregation south of Pilrig, onroad lanes north of Pilrig – but lanes 1.75m instead of usual 1.5m plus 0.5m buffer from parking. Also confirmation that Leith Walk proposed for 20mph in Council 20mph report [pdf 465k] as we had predicted.
1403 TRO/13/51, Pilrig to Foot of Walk TRO approved by Council TEC Cttee 18.3.14, but with some areas untouched meantime due to objections by traders. Committee report Item 7.2 with maps [link to 8MB pdf]. Work could begin in May.
1402 TRO/13/51, Pilrig to Foot of Walk Since no major changes are realistic at this stage, Spokes sent a brief email of comment on the published TRO, referring to our 1310 submission [below], supporting some aspects and disappointed with others. Council reply [pdf 29k].
1402 Foot of Walk draft plans [pdf 584k] – consultation arrangements not yet known
1402 Leith Walk programme [doc 22k]. A useful Council overview of the background and current status. A very important new aspect is the para on ‘connectivity’ showing that the council intends making Leith Walk part of a wider network, including some vital but difficult links which (in our view) will require bold decisions and further roadspace reallocation. We have pointed out that many people travel between the Bridges and Leith Walk, and the council agrees this is a very important link too.
1312 Picardy Place Hotel proposal GVA consultation event [pdf 150k]. If a hotel sadly has to be built here it must not reduce options for good cycleroute connections between (e.g.) Broughton St/ Leith Walk/ Leith St/ Little King St/ York Place. They must be developed together. Background: see also 0909 & 1005 below. Circular to local members [pdf 95k].
1310 TRO/13/51/ADY, Pilrig to Foot of Walk Drawings have been prepared for the TRO [Traffic Regulation Order] for this section of Leith Walk. Statutory organisations are being consulted [Oct 18 news here] after which there will be a public consultation. Spokes comments have been submitted [pdf 186k] – we may comment further if the drawings are further modified before the official public consultation. Council reply to Spokes comments [pdf 108k].
1309 Government announces £3.6m for Leith Walk ‘exemplary project’ as part of draft government 14/15 budget additional cycle funding. Spokes report.
1305/6 Council revised proposals [pdf 5.7MB] following consultation & work with Sustrans – big improvement. Council news release. Greener Leith blog report. Why it happened – article in Spokesworker 10.6.13. Greener Leith detailed response to revised proposals [pdf 1.0MB] – Spokes has written to the Council to support this response rather than producing our own separate document. Alternative design by Iain Longstaff fully segregated throughout (takes space from onroad bike lanes, bus lane, car parking and pedestrian area).
1303 Council report for 19.3.13 Transport Cttee [link to pdf 8.9MB] Disappointing re Leith end; more hopeful re top end IF council bid succeeds for more govt/Sustrans funds. Brief Spokes comment in Spokesworker 16.3.13.
1301 Greener Leith submission to council [pdf 2.9MB] prepared jointly with Spokes, local community councils and other groups. See also Greener Leith press release [pdf 80k] and Spokes news item 14.1.13.
1207 CCE forum feedback on council consultation [link]
1203 Circular to local members re future of Leith Walk [pdf 100k]. Includes links to interesting articles by Greener Leith and STV Local.
1005 Picardy Place Letter to Transport Convener [pdf 116k] opposing continued gyratory. Council response [doc 21k]. NB – Action on Picardy Place stopped soon after, due to cancellation (meantime) of Leith Walk tramlines.
1003 Spokes public meeting survey [85 respondents] identifies Leith Walk as a top priority corridor for cycling improvement, and Picardy Place as a top priority cycling blackspot.