Cycling and walking improvements from The Meadows to Castle Terrace

Closed 9 Dec 2016

Opened 1 Nov 2016

Feedback updated 11 Apr 2018

We asked

We asked for views on the proposed designs for cycle and walking improvements between The Meadows and Castle Terrace.

You said

The majority of feedback was supportive or strongly supportive of the proposals, however there were many design alterations and clarifications posed. These are detailed in the consultation report which can be accessed below, along with the Council’s response to each design comment.

We did

The feedback to the scheme will be used to evolve and improve the design. Details of the potential design changes is included in the consultation report, which can be accessed via the link below.


Once the scheme re-commences, there will be a further opportunity to respond to the proposal during the statutory Traffic Regulation Orders process. We shall also share the detailed designs online and all people who have asked to be kept informed about the scheme shall be alerted when the detailed designs are available to view.

Results updated 12 Apr 2018

The majority of consultation respondents were generally supportive or strongly supportive of the proposals.

During the stakeholder consultations 44% supported the proposal, 44% held a neutral view, with only 12%opposing.

At the public exhibition, 22% attendees explicitly stated their support, 75% were neutral or did not state their level of support and 3% opposed.

In the online survey 79% of survey respondents were supportive of the proposals, with 15% opposed and 6% of respondents neither supported nor opposed the proposals.

Many specific design considerations were raised through the consultation, including concerns from some local businesses about changes to traffic flows. The consultation report, which can be found below, details these and includes the Council's response.

The report also includes a section on design alterations that the council shall consider based on the feedback to the consultation.



This consultation gives people the opportunity to express their views about proposed initial designs for cycling and walking improvements on Chalmers Street, Lauriston Place, Lady Lawson Street and Castle Terrace. It also includes relocating a signalised crossing on Lothian Road.

These designs are part of planned improvements to the cycling route, called QuietRoute 6. This route forms part of the QuietRoutes Network that is being implemented across Edinburgh. The aim of the network is to provide routes that are easy, safe and convenient to use by people of any level of cycle experience. It will also improve conditions for people walking.

There shall be a public exhibtion of the designs on Tuesday 15 November from 5pm till 8pm at the Central Library. Staff will be on hand to discuss the designs.

Why your views matter

The Council needs to understand and consider all the needs and views expressed by people regarding the street re-design.

We will use the comments to develop an optimum design that improves the street for walking and cycling.

What happens next

Following the consultation, the designs will be further refined and developed by a design team of Council and external technical experts.

There will be further opportunities to respond to the designs as they are refined.

The aim is for final designs to be completed by March 2017.

Subject to Committee approval and funding availability, the intention is to begin construction in 2017/18.


  • Ward 10 - Meadows/Morningside
  • Ward 11 - City Centre


  • People with disabilities
  • Children & Young People
  • Elected Members
  • Residents
  • Road users
  • Built heritage groups
  • Community councils
  • Neighbourhood partnerships
  • Transport groups


  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Cycling and walking
  • Road safety
  • Travel in Edinburgh