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PlanningPostNovember 30, 2018, 16:03
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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.

2. Background

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

This forum is available for Grange residents to share their opinions and comments on all matters relating to the area. If you do not yet have a login, you can register by clicking the red "Register” button towards the top of this page. Please login and let us know your views on this and other developments in the area.

PlanningPostFebruary 23, 2019, 11:16
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Minor revisions to plans for Grange Road crossings

The Council's consultants have advised that, as a result of objections received to the Redetermination Order, which is required to allow pavements at the crossings to be shared use for pedestrians and cyclists, the proposals have been altered and are now being re-advertised. The objections related to the proposed extents of shared use footway which have now been revised and reduced.

The new proposed Redetermination Order can be viewed as RSO/18/17A (Revised Feb-2019). The most helpful document is "18_17A_Plans Labelled" which you can compare against the original "18_17 Plans Labelled" to spot the minor changes to the arrangements at the junctions with Lauder Road and Tantallon Place.

The revised documents are also available from the Council’s website where you can comment on the proposals until 22nd March 2019.

Background information on the route and designs is also available on the Council's walking and cycling pages.

PlanningPostAugust 16, 2019, 08:46
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Sustrans survey

Many residents in the Grange will have received this survey from Sustrans. It makes no mention of the plans to create the three new crossings on Grange Road and some members expressed concern that Question 9 of the survey indicated that the design and feasibility were being reconsidered from scratch. The same questions had been asked in 2016 during the Council's consultation on options for the new crossings (see Section 5 of the first post in this thread).

However, the Council's agent responsible for the Grange Road crossings responded helpfully to our query, noting:

"Thank you for your email and highlighting the potential confusion with recent Sustrans surveys in the area.

The Grange Road and Quiet Route 6 crossing improvements project remains on target for construction with a current estimate of works commencing by December 2019 and complete by March 2020. There will be advance notifications issued to local stakeholders and residents when a Contractor has been appointed and the construction programme agreed.

I understand Sustrans recently undertook a local survey to ask users experience of the roads currently and will then be followed up with a survey after construction to see how user behaviour and user levels have changed. Whilst this is related to the overall project, it is not related to the construction phase as such. We will pass on your feedback to Sustrans regarding confusion on messaging and hopefully ensure this is clearer in future projects."

PlanningPostFebruary 13, 2020, 14:52
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The Council's Transport Officer has advised us today:

"We have recently issued the construction tender for the QR6 Grange Road crossing project and have a contract award date of the 6th March 2020 (dependent on satisfactory tender returns). Regarding a likely construction start date, we are aiming for the w/c 11th May 2020 with a 10 week duration. However, this will be confirmed following discussions with the contractor post contract award. Following the appointment of the contractor, we are planning on issuing further and more detailed notifications to stakeholders.

"It should be noted that we are now planning on delivering the Cumin Place / Tantallon Place crossing of Grange Road as a second phase asap. This is due to a design amendment that requires us to resubmit the TRO/RSO for this crossing. Once we have finalised the revised design I will share the proposal with you and other stakeholders."

PlanningPostDecember 19, 2020, 15:01
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The Council has now issued a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) for the works required for the first two elements of the Grange Road crossings:

  • the crossing at Lover's Loan; and
  • the crossing at Lauder Road.

The Order runs from 11 January 2021 to 9 April 2021.

The crossing at Tantallon Place / Cumin Place will follow later as explained in the post above.

These first elements will require temporary road closures, parking restrictions and single-alternate line traffic controlled by temporary signals. The arrangements for the work on Lover's Loan, including its crossing of Grange Road, comprise:

  • the straightening of the kerbline by the eastern entrance to the Grange Cemetery, with road works shown in this plan which include the closure of the northern Mansionhouse Road / Grange Road junction;
  • the subsequent works to the kerbline on the north side of Grange Road, with road works shown in this plan which retain the closure of the northern Mansionhouse Road / Grange Road junction;
  • the temporary closure of Hatton Place to facilitate the reconfiguration of the junction with Lover's Loan and the closure for resurfacing of the northern section of Lover's Loan, shown in this plan;
  • the temporary closure of Dick Place to facilitate the reconfiguration of the junction with Lover's Loan and the closure for resurfacing of the southern section of Lover's Loan, as well as reconfiguring the terminal point on Grange Loan, as shown in this plan.

The arrangements for the work on Lauder Road, including its crossing of Grange Road, require the temporary closure of the junction of Grange Road with both arms of Lauder Road and comprise:

  • work to the southern half of Grange Road at its junction with Lauder Road as shown in this plan;
  • work to the northern half of Grange Road at the same junction as shown in this plan;
  • work to reconfigure the carriageway of Lauder Road both north and south of the junction for the new cycleways, as shown in this plan.
PlanningPostMay 27, 2021, 08:13
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The Council's Transport Officer issued an email on 26 May 2021 advising:

Following the postponement of the construction stage of QuietRoute 6 Grange Road Crossings project earlier in the year, which was directly caused by the COVID-19 restrictions imposed at that time, I am pleased to inform you that we are now in a position to deliver the planned works. We have reprogrammed the works and the contractor will be commencing site works from the week commencing 14th June 2021 with an anticipated 12 week programme.

PlanningPostJune 12, 2021, 09:34
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The 24 bus service will be diverted during the closure of Lauder Road. The diverted route will be along Kilgraston Road (following the route of the 41 bus). Details are here on the Lothian bus website.

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