Balfour Beatty to deliver new Edinburgh cycle route

BALFOUR Beatty is to lead a £13 million project to create an active travel route linking the east and west of Edinburgh.

The City of Edinburgh Council said that the works will ‘significantly’ enhance streets between Roseburn and Leith Walk.

The route, which is split into three sections, will include two-way segregated cycleways from Roseburn to Haymarket connecting to one-way segregated cycleways on each side of Melville Street. Two cycleways will also connect George Street with Picardy Place via St David Street, Queen Street and York Place.

Councillor Rob Munn, finance and resources convener at the City of Edinburgh Council, said, “It has taken a number of years to get to this stage, so we’re delighted that we’re now on the cusp of delivering the CCWEL route. This is a milestone project for Edinburgh, providing a segregated cycleway connecting key parts of our existing network to and through the city centre, with significant improvements to the streetscape along the way.

“As our neighbours Glasgow prepare to host the COP26 summit the need to support clean, carbon neutral transport is more relevant than ever, and this scheme will provide a safe, accessible walking, cycling and wheeling link between the east and west of the city. Not only will this help us to limit our impact on the environment, but it will give people the opportunity to experience the associated benefits to health, wellbeing and our purses.”