Cycle links to be improved from Innocent to Union canal


THE first phase of a £1.25m scheme to link the Innocent Path cycleway to the Union Canal towpath via the Meadows is scheduled to get under way from March, 9, 2015, lasting approximately 12 weeks.


The project will include fully segregated sections of cycleway, as well as new cyclist and pedestrian crossings.


The scheme will also fix a longstanding ‘hole’ in National Cycle Network Route 1 (previously cyclists would have had to dismount in order to cross Clerk Street) and is an important step in delivering the Council’s ‘family-friendly’ network of cycle routes, which aims to cater for younger, new or less confident cyclists.


Work on the second phase of the project, which will link the Meadows to the Union Canal, is scheduled to take place in 2016. The whole £1.25m scheme is being jointly funded by the Council and Sustrans, who have contributed £500,000.


Sir Chris Hoy, 11-time Olympic medal winner, has previously called for Britain to "become a cycling nation".
Sir Chris Hoy, 11-time Olympic medal winner, has previously called for Britain to “become a cycling nation”.


The route in the first phase connects North Meadow Walk to the Innocent Path, which follows an old railway route to Duddingston, Brunstane and Musselburgh, using shared footway and cycleway or cycle path on main roads, on-road cycle route on side streets and new and relocated crossings on Buccleuch Street and Clerk Street.


Councillor Lesley Hinds, Transport Convener, said: “This is a very exciting project. The upgraded route will form a fantastic addition to our Family Network, making cycling and active travel even more attractive to families and new or less confident cyclists. We had a great response to our consultation on the initial proposals and we look forward to seeing the route well-used once construction is finished.”


John Lauder, National Director ofSustrans Scotland, said: “Sustrans is delighted that the first phase of this project is just about to get underway. We consider that the new infrastructure will be hugely beneficial to cyclists in the area. It will also help the City of Edinburgh Council in working towards its ambitious targets for increasing cycling in the capital.”


The works will be undertaken between 9.30am and 4pm Mondays to Fridays. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the duration of the works.


The new cycle corridor route will run along the following streets: North Meadow Walk (off-road shared footpath and cycle path), Hope Park Crescent, Buccleuch Street, Gifford Park, Clerk Street (A7), Rankeillor Street, St Leonard’s Street and Hermits Croft. The works will also affect these streets: Buccleuch Terrace, St Leonard’s Lane and Montague Street.