Questions and Answers

Although the current proposals are concept designs, we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the concerns of the community as we prepared them.

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Project Questions

Who is being consulted on the proposals?

Response: Stakeholders and members of the public. The project will be advertised through a press release, on social media and via lamppost wraps in the area, as well as via the consultation events that we will be holding throughout the area.

What is the project and what is being consulted on?

Response: Situated in west Edinburgh, this project will transform cycling and walking access to one of Scotland’s key business parks. It will create friendly, new outdoor spaces in the South Gyle and Edinburgh business parks with new high quality cycling and walking routes.

With construction of segregated cycleways and improved traffic-free paths, South Gyle and Edinburgh Park will be directly connected to surrounding communities, extending north via East Craigs and south via Sighthill, Broomhouse and Wester Hailes. This will make it easier for people to make walking or cycling part of their journey.

The project will build upon the City of Edinburgh Council’s Active Travel Action Plan and QuietRoute network. The West Edinburgh Link was awarded funding in 2017, as part of Places for Everyone (formerly known as Community Links PLUS), a Scottish Government funded programme delivered by Sustrans Scotland to create safer, more attractive and healthier places by increasing the number of everyday trips made by walking, cycling and other modes of active travel.

Concept designs have been prepared and we are engaging with stakeholders and local residents to receive feedback on these initial designs and to raise awareness of the project.

Will I have other opportunities to respond?

Response: Yes, consultation will also be undertaken at each subsequent stage of the design (technical feasibility, preliminary design, and detailed design).

How is the project funded?

Response: The project is match funded by the Council’s Cycling capital budget, agreed annually by the Council Committee, and Sustrans with Transport Scotland.

How have pedestrians been considered and prioritised?

Response: Designing for pedestrians is a key aspect of all our proposals. Where possible and appropriate we are looking to prioritise pedestrians, this continuous footway, at locations where it is safe and suitable, will give pedestrians priority over vehicles at side-road junctions. Pedestrians will also benefit from the new crossing infrastructure and placemaking.

What are the impacts of on-street parking?

Response: On-street parking will have to be removed on Bankhead Avenue and South Gyle Crescent to accommodate the new segregated cycleways. The design team is considering ways to ensure that any parking displacement does not have significant impacts on the ability of residents to park at their properties. Through consultation we shall be exploring potential options to safeguard resident parking, such as controlled parking zones and resident priority parking.

How can I safely access the new cycleways when my street and the connecting routes are unsafe for cycling at the moment?

Response: This is the first stage of the development of the West Edinburgh Link. Over time, links to and from the route can be developed to ensure that the route is as accessible as possible.

How can I provide feedback?

Response: This website includes links to materials and images of the proposed route, as well as an online survey for providing feedback. We will also be hosting and attending a series of consultation events during the project’s design phase. See dates, times and locations.

Why were these streets and routes selected?

Response: The route alignment was selected to try and optimise connections with the existing cycle routes in the area (that are predominantly east-west in alignment), the communities, local amenities, shops and workplaces. The focus is on making everyday trips as direct, convenient, safe and comfortable as possible for the area as a whole, within the budget available. The project team undertook a detailed appraisal process when considering the various route options.

Could this money be spent on something else?

Response: No. Funding from Sustrans Scotland’s infrastructure fund, Places for Everyone, has to be spent on the West Edinburgh Link project. The Council funding is from a dedicated cycling budget that has been agreed by the Council’s Transport and Environment Committee.

What is the timeline for construction?

Response: The current programme is for construction to begin in Winter 2021. Between then and now the project will be developed from its current stage (concept design) through preliminary design, detailed design and preparation of the documents and drawings required for construction. At each stage of the design consultation will be undertaken.

Have the impacts on traffic been considered?

Response: Yes, the impacts on traffic have been considered throughout the development of the concept designs. The impacts are being assessed through modelling and efforts will be made to preserve the flow of people and vehicles.

Does the project consider planning proposals in the area?

Response: Yes, there are a number of planned developments and planning proposals in the area and these have been considered in the development of the concept designs. We have liaised with planning officers at The City of Edinburgh Council and our proposal is to align the route to provide opportunities for links to be developed between the West Edinburgh Link and the developments.

Does the project meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010?

Yes, the project will meet all requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

How will we be updated on the results of the consultation and the project’s progress?

Response: You can sign up to a mailing list for project updates. We will also update the website at key milestones during the project. In particular we will provide the results and feedback from the consultations.

Northern Section

Why does the segregated cycleway on Maybury Drive stop at Bughtlin Drive?

Response: This is a spur to the route to link the West Edinburgh Link and the residential area bounded by Maybury Drive and the Bughtlin Burn. Without this spur, this part of the East Craigs community would not be well connected to the WEL route by foot or cycle. This spur will allow residents living here to access both the route and local shops and amenities at Maybury Drive and Bughtlin Market.

I have concerns of increased anti-social behaviour as a result of the proposed bridge and park improvements. Has this been considered?

Response: Yes, this has been considered. This is a low crime area, but measures will be implemented to discourage anti-social behaviour such as improving lighting in the area. We are also looking to work closely with the local communities to ensure we understand any issues/concerns and how best we can address them.

Travelling through Gyle Park and over the proposed bridge might be uncomfortable at night. Has this been considered?

Response: Yes, this has been considered. We would like this area to be somewhere where everyone feels comfortable travelling through and enjoying at all times. As such, every effort will be made to maximise the feeling of comfort at all times but particularly during evenings or at night time, and the proposed bridge will be complemented by measures such as improved lighting.

We appreciate that some people may not feel comfortable travelling through this area at certain periods so we will ensure that new wayfinding signage is installed, including signage of alternative routes avoiding the bridge and park.

Will buses be impacted by the proposals in East Craigs?

Response: Buses will be able to continue with current services.

Why does the route stop at East Craigs?

Response: The route connects into the key road corridors of Maybury Road and Drum Brae North. A separate study is currently investigating cycling and walking improvements to Maybury Road, including the provision of a continuous active travel route. If this is taken forward the West Edinburgh Link will tie-into this route and people travelling on foot and by bike will be able to continue northwards towards Barnton and Cramond. At the junction of Drum Brae North and Craigmount Avenue North, users of the route have the opportunity of travelling northwards towards Barnton and Cramond or eastwards towards Clermiston. A study is also being undertaken to consider potential improvements to the junction of Drum Brae North and Queensferry Road. Improving walking and cycling links to Clermiston have also been considered for undertaking as future additional phases to the project.

Not much segregation is proposed in this section. Why is this the case?

Response: The type of infrastructure proposed depends on the nature and type of the street involved. The project team have visited all of these streets to determine what the existing conditions are, such as how busy they are and what type of vehicles use them. As much of the streets in this area are of a residential nature, it is considered that segregation would not be appropriate as a blanket approach. Segregation is proposed on roads that are bus routes.

Central Section

There are existing routes across the railway line. Why do we need a new one?

Response: The existing routes across the railway line do not provide a direct route for people travelling north-south on foot or by bike and incur a significant detour either via The Gyle Shopping Centre or South Gyle station. The proposed new route across the railway line would provide a direct, comfortable, attractive route that would also greatly enhance the accessibility of the greenspace on either side of the railway line (at both Gogarloch Park and Gyle Park) for local people and visitors alike.

Why are new and improved public spaces proposed in a business park?

Response: New and improved public spaces offer the opportunity to transform the business park into a more people friendly place that is less car dominated. Currently, this area is predominantly characterised by tarmac, concrete, fences and vehicles – both travelling along the route and parked. There is an absence of public art, opportunities for community gathering and meaningful greenspace, and there is no seating and little biodiversity. Our interventions will change this, creating a more enjoyable space to work, relax and travel in.

What are the impacts and proposals for loss of parking on South Gyle Crescent?

Response: To improve the area for people travelling on foot and by bike, on-street parking would have to be removed on South Gyle Crescent. A priority parking scheme or similar is being considered to protect residents in the surrounding residential areas from parking migration. People parking in this area for the purposes of park and ride can do so from the park and ride sites at Ingliston and Hermiston.

Why is there a mix of Zebra and signalised crossings proposed on South Gyle Crescent?

Response: Zebra crossings are proposed across streets that are quieter in nature, while signalised crossings are proposed on streets that are wide and / or busy.

How will traffic be impacted by the proposals?

Response: The impacts on traffic have been considered throughout the development of the concept designs. The impacts are being assessed through modelling and efforts will be made to preserve the flow of people and vehicles.

Why is the segregated cycleway on South Gyle Crescent on the south side of the road?

Response: The segregated cycleway is located on the south side of the road because this affords easier access to the local centre around 17 South Gyle Crescent, as well as providing better links to Edinburgh Park, South Gyle Access and Bankhead Drive (via Cultins Road and Flassches Yard).

Why does the route stop at The Gyle Shopping Centre?

Response: The link to The Gyle Shopping Centre is a spur to the primary route. From The Gyle Shopping Centre there is an existing cycle route connecting to the north side of the A8 Glasgow Road via Edinburgh Gateway railway station.

Southern Section

How will traffic be impacted by the proposals?

Response: The impacts on traffic have been considered throughout the development of the concept designs. The impacts are being assessed through modelling and efforts will be made to preserve the flow of people and vehicles.

Why is a new crossing proposed on Calder Road when the underpass exists?

Response: We know that some users do not feel comfortable using underpasses due to perceived or actual personal security concerns. They are typically dark, enclosed spaces in which it is not possible to see who or what is coming towards you. A new signalised crossing on Calder Road would allow all users to safely cross the road at street-level.

Why is it necessary to remove a traffic lane on Wester Hailes Road and what will the impact be on traffic flows?

Response: Removal of a traffic lane is required to accommodate a segregated cycleway. There are two bridges on Wester Hailes Road (across the canal and across Murrayburn Drive) and at these points it is not possible to accommodate a segregated cycleway and retain the existing footways without removal of a traffic lane.Feedback from previous local consultations indicates that dual carriageway and a central reservation creates a significant barrier to local community access and makes the area feel traffic dominated. Traffic modelling analysis has shown that the removal of a traffic lane will not have a significant impact on the overall traffic flow and capacity of the road.

How will traffic operate on Wester Hailes Road in emergency situations due to the single lane southbound and the central reserve?

Response: Suitable design measures will be implemented to permit emergency vehicle access and general traffic functioning in the case of an emergency or breakdown on the southbound side of the road.

There are underpasses on Wester Hailes Road. Why are new crossings required?

Response: We know that many people do not feel comfortable using underpasses due to perceived or actual personal security concerns. They are typically dark, enclosed spaces in which it is not possible to see who or what is coming towards you. New signalised crossings allow all users to safely cross the road at street-level and would represent a significant improvement to the most vulnerable members of society.

How will the number and location of new crossings of Wester Hailes Road be decided?

Response: Potential crossing locations have been identified, but the number and location of crossings will be decided through consultation with stakeholders and members of the public.

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