The Council’s George Street and New Town (GNT) public realm design project has been awarded £20m by Sustrans Scotland and Transport Scotland’s Places for Everyone programme (external link), a £60m pot shared between projects across the country to achieve safer, more attractive and healthier places while helping to increase the number of active journeys made every day.
This will be truly pivotal to the delivery of the George Street and New Town public realm design project...Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Transport and Environment Convener, The City of Edinburgh Council
The GNT scheme aims to create a vibrant street environment that is safe for all users – one which significantly enhances its use for pedestrians while prioritising active travel and accessibility.
The GNT project is a key element of City Centre Transformation, a radical, long-term programme to transform Edinburgh’s city centre by improving public spaces and prioritising movement on foot, by bike and by public transport.
It will also connect to the Meadows to George Street route (external link) which, once completed, will allow for direct travel to the south of the city on segregated or shared-use paths.
Draft concept designs for GNT were published late last year and include a range of measures, amongst which are improved public realm, increased pedestrian areas and segregated cycle lanes...