1. New crossings on Grange Road
The City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) is installing three new crossings on Grange Road. It has now issued the Traffic Orders that are necessary to implement the changes to the parking bays and shared use pavements associated with the new crossings. The Orders are available for review and comment until 31st December 2018.
As part of CEC’s programme to improve pedestrian and cycle links across the city, the Council is delivering a package of improvements to the Quiet Route network for walking and cycling across the city. This includes Quiet Route 6, which is the signed cycle route from George Square to the King’s Buildings along Middle Meadow Walk, Argyle Place, Hatton Place, Lauder Road, Fountainhall Road and Mayfield Road. CEC notes that “the crossing of Grange Road is a key barrier which prevents the route meeting the required standard”. Upgrading this route will make it safer and more comfortable for pedestrians and cyclists crossing Grange Road for everyday local journeys and reaching key destinations.
3. Roadway designs
The designs can be viewed by clicking on the links below (drawings show the existing layout on the left; new layout on the right). CEC is introducing three new crossings on Grange Road (Beaufort Road) at:
• Tantallon Place (toucan signalled crossing for cycles and pedestrians);
• Lauder Road (toucan signalled crossing for cycles and pedestrians);
• Lovers’ Loan (unsignalled zebra crossing for pedestrians).
All three crossings will incorporate a raised table (‘cushion’) to provide a level crossing from the pavement and to calm traffic. The existing pelican crossing just west of Tantallon Place will be removed.
In addition, improvements will be made to the surface and crossing points for Lovers’ Loan at:
• Hatton Place
• Dick Place
• Grange Loan
4. Traffic orders
To implement the new designs, the necessary legal procedures are required to make changes to the Traffic Regulation Orders for changes associated with parking and loading; as well as Redetermination Orders which are required to allow pavements at the crossings to be shared use for pedestrians and cyclists. The Orders were available for review and comment until 31st December 2018.
5. CEC Consultation
CEC undertook a consultation on the proposals with a joint external workshop and public exhibition at Newington Library on 20 July 2016 and posted information on its consultation hub from 12 September to 14 October 2016 and leaflets were distributed to 314 households in September 2016. In December 2016, CEC produced a 70 page report on the consultation, including verbatim comments from all contributors. CEC concluded that “..the majority of consultees were generally supportive or strongly supportive of the proposals.” As a result of the consultation, the original proposals for an unsignalled (zebra) crossing at the Lauder Road / Grange Road junction were changed to a signalled (toucan) crossing.
6. Grange residents’ discussion
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