Project details

Our proposals are for friendly, inclusive streets that are inviting and enjoyable for everyone to spend time in and walk through. 

The proposals prioritise walking, wheeling, cycling and public transport, and reduce general through traffic, benefitting local people, businesses and visitors.

Our Objectives

A place for people – increase and improve public space, creating a safe, vibrant place for people to live in and for all to enjoy.

Strengthen the qualities of these streets for people, in ways which respect and enrich the World Heritage Site.

Sustainable and inclusive transport – prioritise dedicated space for walking and cycling, access for people with a disability or impairment, and retain public transport access.

Resilient and adaptable space – a street design that can accommodate the changing needs of these streets by season, time of day and future years’ requirements.

A thriving economy – enhance the streets as places where visitor destinations and businesses of all sizes can prosper.

Proposed designs

The overview map shows all the streets included in the project. So you can see the proposals in greater detail, we have divided the streets into six sections. 

Click the  red boxes on the map to see the final design for each location.

Final Designs
Teviot Place, Bristo Place and Forrest Road Forrest Road, Candlemaker Row and George IV Bridge George IV Bridge, The Royal Mile and Bank Street North Bank Street and the Mound The Mound, Princes Street and Hanover Street Market Street

Teviot Place, Bristo Place and Forrest Road

This design covers the route at Teviot Place, Bristo Place and Forrest Road.

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Forrest Road, Candlemaker Row and George IV Bridge

This design covers the route at Forrest Road, Candlemaker Row and George IV Bridge.

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George IV Bridge, The Royal Mile and Bank Street

This design covers the route at George IV Bridge, The Royal Mile and Bank Street.

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North Bank Street and the Mound

This design covers the route at North Bank Street and the Mound.

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The Mound, Princes Street and Hanover Street

This design covers the route at The Mound, Princes Street and Hanover Street.

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Market Street

This design covers the route at Market Street.

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Restricted Parking Zone

The project will implement a Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) across the core project area. An RPZ removes the requirement for double yellow line restrictions, with areas for loading and parking individually marked and signed – as shown in the design plans.  Parking and loading is prohibited on all other areas of the road.

Design Details

The Design Proposals which will assist in explaining the project can be viewed by clicking on the button below

Concept design image, refer to proposed designs for current design information.

Public Spaces

  • Pedestrianise Forrest Road
  • Expand and improve the public space around Greyfriars Bobby
  • Seating at key spaces and viewpoints along the streets
  • New public spaces on the Mound and Bank Street
  • New trees and greening
  • High quality materials in keeping with cultural heritage of the area
  • Exploring opportunities to incorporate play and child friendly element to the streets
  • Inclusive design to ensure access for all

Walking and Wheeling

  • Improved crossing between Middle Meadow Walk and Forrest Road
  • New formalised crossing points on key desire lines, such as between Greyfriars and the Museum
  • Wider, decluttered and continuous pavements at key points, such as Hanover Street, Victoria Street and Candlemaker Row

Cycling

  • Segregated cycleways on Forrest Road, George IV Bridge, The Mound, Bank Street and Hanover Street
  • Cycle parking along the streets
  • Signalised junction phases arranged to ensure cycle safety along main route

Concept design image, refer to proposed designs for current design information.

Concept design image, refer to proposed designs for current design information.

Concept design image, refer to proposed designs for current design information.

Buses and other traffic

  • Bus priority corridor, with no general through traffic on Bank Street, between Market Street and Lawnmarket during hours of bus gate operation (6.00AM – 10.00PM)
  • Through traffic restricted on Market Street via bus gate west of the junction at Jeffrey Street, with the exception of buses, taxis and cycles (at all time)
  • Floating bus stops
  • Forrest Road, all traffic removed other than access for residents of the street and loading and servicing at certain times
  • Candlemaker Row, between Merchant Street and George IV Bridge, all traffic removed other than the number 2 bus service and access for servicing and loading at certain times

Loading and Parking

  • Loading is provided at certain locations for businesses along the route, based on requirements highlighted by feedback from businesses and survey analysis. We propose this to be restricted to certain times of day so that at other times it can be used for other street activities, such as seating and walking.
  • Disabled parking and taxi ranks are provided as shown on the plans at Hanover Street, George IV Bridge and Teviot Place.

Changes to Traffic

The proposed changes to traffic operations are an important part of the project and enable and enhance the proposed street changes.  These changes are embedded within the Council’s City Centre Transformation strategy and fit within the wider vision for a future city centre traffic network.  This map shows the detail of the proposed traffic changes in the Meadows to George Street project area. You can click the image to see a larger version. You can also find out more about the City Centre Transformation Project on the Council website.

Get In Touch

Waverley Court
4 East Market Street
Edinburgh
EH8 8BG

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