Following the expiry of the Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders that were in place during the Covid-19 restrictions, some experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) are being implemented to facilitate walking and cycling.
Five TROs - TRO/21/26 - TRO/21/30 are currently at the first stage consultation. TRO/21/29 covers the South of Edinburgh and includes some roads within the Grange. In its Statement of Reasons, the Council explains:
"The introduction of the proposed measures are intended to provide safer cycling infrastructure and pedestrian priority areas, encourage sustainable travel (walking and cycling), and improve connectivity on arterial and distributer routes across the City. The scheme is being introduced by way of Experimental Traffic Order made under Section 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, so as to allow the Council to modify or vary the scheme at short notice once in force, should circumstances require.
In 2020 and 2021, the Council introduced a series of measures across the city in response to the public health emergency (Coronavirus (COVID-19)). On 24 June 2021 the Council considered proposals to use Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs) for some existing schemes which facilitate walking, wheeling and cycling around the city.
The proposed extended trial is intended to support the approved transport hierarchy and measures included in the City Mobility Plan. Measures will be monitored and evaluated during the first year and considered for retention under separate traffic orders as appropriate."
The streets affected in South Edinburgh can be seen on this map. The changes are listed in Section 5 of the overview document.
Comments can be submitted by 7 December 2021 to TRO.Consultations@edinburgh.gov.uk, quoting TRO/21/29.