Major milestone reached in ‘key’ Edinburgh city centre project

A major milestone in Edinburgh’s Meadows to George Street project has been reached as the statutory orders needed to progress to the construction stage are advertised.

The scheme will improve cycling, walking, accessibility, and public spaces in some of the capital’s busiest and most recognisable streets – from Teviot Place along Forrest Road before crossing George IV Bridge, The Mound, Havover Street, and finishing at George Street.

Segregated cycleways will be provided, as will wider pavements and pedestrian priority areas, which the City of Edinburgh Council said will make it easier for people to safely walk, wheel, and cycle as part of their everyday journeys.

The project is central to the local authority’s city centre transformation plan and will integrate with the George Street and New Town project at Havover Street, which will see a more ‘welcoming’ and better connected space created in the area.

Transport and environment convener at the City of Edinburgh Council, councillor Scott Arthur, said, “I’m delighted that we’ve reached this significant stage in the Meadows to George Street project. This is a really important part of our wider plans to transform our city centre into one which enables our residents to enjoy a safe, connected, and sustainable place to live, work and spend time in.

“We’re keen to get on and deliver the changes proposed so it’s important that we take the time to re-engage with those along the route and take them along with us on this exciting journey. We understand the impact these projects can have on the local community, in particular businesses, and we will be working closely with them throughout to support them and ensure the benefits are maximised.

“Edinburgh is a city with big ambitions. Through schemes such as this we’re sending a clear signal as to the sort of Capital we’re aspiring to be. From reaching net zero by 2030, to enhancing our already excellent public transport networks and making sure our residents are at the heart of everything we do, I’m really excited to see what the future holds.”

Karen McGregor, Scotland director for Sustrans, added, “This is a hugely exciting time to be in Edinburgh, and a massive achievement within the context of active travel.

“The all-new walking, wheeling and cycling links Meadows to George Street is set to deliver will absolutely transform everyday journeys for thousands of people living and working in the city, not to mention those visiting every year.

“We’d like to thank the whole community for their continuing involvement and support, and for the clear ambition they have shown in pushing this project forward.”