Roseburn to Union Canal Path Link

Closed 5 Jan 2016

Opened 17 Nov 2015

Results expected 29 Jan 2016

Feedback expected 31 May 2016


We want to hear the views of local people, businesses and other organisations on a proposed new shared pedestrian and cycle link between the Roseburn Path and Union Canal.

The proposal includes the creation of a new shared pedestrian and cycle path including new bridge crossings and has been designed to:

  • Deliver a high quality walking and cycling route.
  • Improve connectivity across the city by completing an important missing link in the network.
  • Integrate with the Council’s proposals for a ’QuietRoutes’ network.
  • Provide safer, more direct and convenient access to key destinations by bike and on foot.
  • Provide better access to green space and improve Dalry Community Park.

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The proposals for each section of the scheme are set out in more detail below.

Sauchiebank Ramp & surrounding Greenspace

  • A new link between Russell Road and the new path which incorporates gradual gradients suitable for all users including wheelchair and mobility scooter users.
  • More direct pedestrian access and routes.
  • Existing tree lined hill with new landscape of planted banking with integrated path.
  • New areas of landscaped clearing and seating areas for views and relaxing


Mid Calder Railway Crossing

  • A new pedestrian and cycle bridge crossing over railway line.
  • The structure is aligned with the historical rail bridge crossing at this location.


Elevated path between Mid Calder railway crossing to Dalry Road including greenspace proposals

  • Existing woodland with integrated path.
  • New planting to screen roadway and adjacent housing with protected planted clearings for flexible activity.
  • A new elevated cycleway and bridge crossing over Dalry Road beside the existing road bridge. 
  • Sound barrier between West Approach Road and elevated path.
  • The cycleway and crossing will be suitable for pedestrians and cyclists and will be partially enclosed to respond to safety and privacy issues.
  • Possible pedestrian access from Duff St Lane to new path - needs land acquisition.

Proposed Dalry Road Bridge







Proposed Dalry Road bridge


Dalry Community Park Improvement

  • Existing play park to be fully re-vitalised with new layout and equipment for use by younger children.
  • Existing sports pitch will be fully replaced with all-weather pitch for use by mainly older children.
  • Both areas will have full lighting, seating and way-finding for maximised day and evening use.
  • Existing open landscape to be re-imagined with new path integrated in welcoming planted multi-functional park space.
  • Improved access point from Dalry Road, Lidl car park and Telfer Subway access point.
  • This will have full lighting, seating and way-finding for maximised celebration of start/ finish of new link.


West Approach Road – Toucan Crossing and new link towards Morrison Circus

  • A new toucan crossing on the West Approach Road connecting between the Dalry Community Park and Telfer path to Dundee Street.
  • The crossing will be suitable for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the West Approach Road.
  • The crossing will fully ingrate into the existing hardscape on either side of the roadway.
  • A new shared pedestrian/cycle route running parallel to the West Approach Road on its north side.
  • The route will connect between Dalry Community Park and Morrison Crescent.


Telfer Subway

  • Potential option to close the Telfer Subway and replace with the Toucan crossing
  • Improvements to the existing public realm surrounding Telfer path and Bus Stops located on West Approach Road.


Connection from Telfer Subway towards Union Canal via Dundee Street

  • The proposed link towards the Union Canal is currently being developed as part of a project to provide new cycle lanes along Dundee Street and will be available for consultation in early 2016.


Potential future Edinburgh - Glasgow Railway line crossing proposals

  • A new elevated crossing over the railway line linking between the Roseburn Path and Sauchiebank. 
  • The crossing will be suitable for pedestrians and cyclists and will be fully enclosed to respond to health and safety issues.


Potential future West Approach Road Bridge Crossing proposals

  • A new elevated crossing over the West Approach Road connecting between the Dalry Community Park and Dundee Street - dependent on potential development.
  • The crossing would  be suitable for pedestrians and cyclists. 




WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff and Harrison Stevens, are assisting the City of Edinburgh Council with this consultation.

Why your views matter

We are consulting members of the public and stakeholder organisations in order to provide the opportunity to review the proposed scheme designs, and suggest alterations, improvements or to provide other comments.


What happens next

The results of this consultation process will be collated and presented within a Consultation Summary Report. 

The process will ensure that all consultees views are considered and inform the project outcomes as the project is taken through the detailed design stage.


  • Drop in Session at St Brides Community Centre

    From 24 Nov 2015 at 15:00 to 24 Nov 2015 at 20:00

    In addition to this online consultation, we will be holding a public drop-in session to allow people to view the current proposals and discuss the project with representatives from the project team.

    This public drop-in session will be held at the St Brides Community Centre, 10 Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh.


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