£12m cycling network set for Edinburgh

Published: 22 September 2017

A £12 million dedicated cycling network is set to transform travel in the Capital with two projects - one linking the Meadows to George Street and another from Roseburn to Edinburgh Park - awarded funding in a major design competition.

Half of the funding for the travel schemes will be covered by government agency Transport Scotland, with Edinburgh Council paying the rest. The £8 million West Edinburgh Travel Network will connect the Roseburn area to the major business district of Edinburgh Park.

Destinations along the route include the Edinburgh Napier University and Heriot Watt campuses, the Gyle shopping centre and business park, new housing developments at East Craigs and Cammo, and existing communities Stenhouse, Broomhouse, Saughton, Sighthill and Wester Hailes.

This major overhaul will see one of the most car-dominated parts of Edinburgh transformed into an active travel hotspot. The £4.3 million Meadows to George Street – Streets for People project will create a direct cycle link between The Meadows and George Street, as well as the Old and New Towns, along Hanover Street, The Mound, Bank Street, North Bank Street, George IV Bridge and Forrest Road.

Five innovative active travel schemes from around Scotland were picked to receive funding covering half of their costs as part of the Community Links Plus competition, run by Sustrans Scotland. This year for the first time all the shortlisted contenders will receive up to half of their costs through the initiative.

As well as the successful projects based in Edinburgh, others have received funding in Glasgow, Stirling and Inverness. Between them they will receive grants totalling £22,540,360 from government agency Transport Scotland...

Full story via Edinburgh Evening News

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