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Leith Walk

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

See also  Greener Leith articles

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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.

1307 Further council consultation [exhibition 23.7.13]  Picardy Place to Pilrig [pdf 5.8MB] Pilrig to Foot of Walk [pdf 4.9MB].  Spokes comments on 23.7.13 LW plans [pdf 188k].

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 10.6.13Greener 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]

1207 Circular to local members re Leith Walk future [txt 4k] – new council consultation [doc 56k] + results of earlier Greener Leith 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.

0909 Picardy Place  Edinburgh Council Picardy Place Development Principles.  The draft version totally neglected cycling but we achieved some improvement – Committee Report 6.8.09.