How will traffic be impacted by the proposals?
Response: The impacts on traffic have been considered throughout the development of the designs. The impacts have been assessed through modelling and efforts have been 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 was the number and location of new crossings of Wester Hailes Road decided?
Response: Crossing locations were confirmed during consultations with local residents and stakeholders – please see the engagement summary report for details.