While supportive of low traffic neighbourhoods in principle, we are disappointed that CEC has not taken on board many of the suggestions from our first consultation response submitted earlier in the year.
Living Streets Edinburgh has walkability criteria that we have assessed against south Corstorphine and feel that there is still ample opportunity for “quick wins” to help improve the pedestrian environment at low cost. This includes:
- Adding double yellow lines to deter drivers from parking over dropped kerbs and obscuring sightlines for people walking
- Addressing problem areas for pavement parking
- Improving junctions and crossing points for pedestrians on key thoroughfares, such as Saughton Road North
- The removal of barriers along traffic-free routes
- The removal of pavement clutter and furniture along key pedestrian routes
- The tightening of junction radii along key pedestrian routes
We provided a list of hot spots regarding these points in our first consultation response, and are disappointed we have not seen these quick wins and low-cost solutions implemented as part of the scheme designs. Is there scope to include any of our original suggestions for improvement?
We note that other suggestions to improve the pedestrian environment have not been addressed as part of the Corstorphine Connections designs. We are keen to see more applications of wider permanent pavements, resurfaced pavements and new signalised crossings across the area to ensure walking is an attractive and safe option for residents and visitors.
With respect to the designs as presented, we have split this into its constituent parts in order to comment. The vast majority of interventions proposed focus on a small section of the proposed LTN – is there a reason further pedestrian improvements are not being consulted on across the wider LTN area? Walking is at the top of the sustainable transport hierarchy and CEC has stated on multiple occasions that it is number one priority for transport policy – with this context in hand, it is disappointing that potential interventions are limited and we can’t comment on a more ambitious scheme with additional residential streets filtered to remove intrusive traffic, improve the pedestrian experience and increase local walking journeys.
Modal Filtering Featherhall/Manse Road
We are supportive of modal filters to help improve the pedestrian environment on the streets identified in the scheme designs. The removal of intrusive traffic on these residential streets will help to make the pedestrian environment safer and more accessible. We would like to see pavement widening and improvements along Manse Road in particular, as it is incredibly narrow and an important route to the local primary school for families.
Corstorphine and Carrick Knowe Primary School Streets
We are supportive of the school streets proposed, to help families walk, wheel and cycle to school.
The filters could do with being more attractive; at the moment they look like road works and it would be good to make the filters feel more welcoming to pedestrians.
Corstorphine High Street Option A/Option B
The better option for pedestrians is option B – the bus gate. The widened pavements and removal of through traffic would significantly improve this street for people on foot. There is the potential for drivers to use adjacent residential streets like Castle Avenue and Dovecot Road to avoid the bus gate, which would need to be addressed.
Placemaking interventions should include seating where appropriate for pedestrians who need to pause and rest. Any placemaking interventions need to avoid adding clutter to existing pavements, provide clear sightlines for pedestrians at junctions and give sufficient grip to the road/pavement surface (ie paint/decoration).
It’s surprising to see no attempt to tackle the persistent pavement parking problems at the north end of Kirk Loan. This is an important pedestrian route but has narrow pavements and is blighted by drivers blocking the pavement with their vehicles. The south junction tightening is welcomed – dropped kerbs should be provided here to help people with mobility aids to cross the road safely.
Saughton Road North Traffic Calming
This street is generally quite hostile for pedestrians. Traffic calming measures are welcomed in principle, but without details it is difficult to comment. It would be very helpful to see improved crossing options for pedestrians at the north end of Saughton Road North, between Dovecot Road and Kirk Loan.