Smokey Brae improvements - developed designs

Closed 16 May 2022

Opened 22 Apr 2022

Results updated 21 Feb 2023

Following a consultation with the public between April – May 2022 on development proposals to improve Smokey Brae, the results can now be viewed here.  There were 995 responses to the online consultation which builds on previous public engagement since 2018.  The project team will take onboard the feedback received during the consultation period and review it against the current proposals. 



We would like to hear your views on our proposals to improve Smokey Brae.

Smokey Brae is an important link between Leith and the historic village of Restalrig, to London Road, the new Meadowbank sports centre and the city centre.

Between 2018 and 2020 we held public drop-in consultations and design workshops as part of the community-led Meadowbank masterplan. At these events you told us that Smokey Brae is a highly undesirable space for pedestrians, wheelers and cyclists. In response we have committed to improving Smokey Brae to make it a safe, secure and pleasant space for all who use it. 

At the beginning of 2021 we appointed a transport designer to come up with some options for improving Smokey Brae. These options were reviewed by our design team in partnership with the community-led Meadowbank sounding board. Together, we decided on our preferred option and this has been developed into the proposals that we would like to show you today.  

Our proposals aim to improve Smokey Brae for pedestrians, wheelers and cyclists. You can look at our full proposals at the bottom of the page under the 'Related Documents' heading, but here are some key highlights.

  • Wider pavements (minimum 2 metres)
  • Seperate cycle lanes
  • Safe and secure pedestrian crossings
  • Street lighting improvements
  • More public green space
  • Closing Smokey Brae to downhill traffic

Why your views matter

We would love to hear your views on the design proposals. You can tell us what you think by either completing the survey at the bottom of the page, or by attending our display and picking up a paper copy. Details of event times and locations can be found below under the 'Events' heading. 


  • Piershill Library Display Boards

    From 25 Apr 2022 at 13:00 to 16 May 2022 at 19:00

    Pop down to the Piershill Library where you can view our design proposals and have your say.


  • Natural neighbourhood area - Meadowbank
  • Natural neighbourhood area - Restalrig


  • Anyone from any background


  • Adults and Older People
  • Children and Families
  • Disabilities
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Cycling and walking
  • Roads and pavements
  • Road safety
  • Traffic regulation
  • Travel in Edinburgh
  • Community planning
  • Councillors and committees
  • Community safety
  • Area regeneration
  • Public space
  • Schools