Transport transformation planned for Edinburgh

A RADICAL re-drawing of Edinburgh’s transport system – including a pledge to “create more liveable places less dominated by motor traffic” – has been unveiled by the city’s council.

Subject to approval from elected members, on the council’s transport and environment committee, a week today, the proposals are said to have been “inspired by forward-thinking cities around the world embracing challenges posed by climate change, poverty and inequality”.

Adds a city council media release, a recent consultation on the city’s ‘mobility plan’ elicited 1,800 responses.

Among the ambitions is a possible new tram line, running north to south in the city, accompanying the existing east to west one.

The plan covers the ten years, with various milestones set.

By 2025: “A comprehensive mass rapid transit plan for the city and region will be completed, including new bus and tram systems; the business case for a north-south tram line will be agreed, linking Granton to the BioQuarter and beyond; a new bus route network will be in place; iconic streets will become increasingly traffic-free; George Street will be transformed; the development of a strategic network of walking/wheeling and cycle routes will open up active travel for all; the 20-minute neighbourhoods concept will be starting to deliver local benefits.”

By 2030: “The mass-transit network, including tram, will have been extended west; the city’s seven park and ride facilities will have been upgraded; some arterial routes will be used for mass commuting by bike; the city centre will be largely car-free; a comprehensive city freight and servicing operations system will be in place; the implementation of the Waverley Station Masterplan will be underway.”

Read the council’s media release, here. And the full mobility plan recommendations, here.

Picture credit: PlaceDesignScotland

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