Problem Junctions: response to City of Edinburgh Council request
Drum Brae roundabout, Maybury junction
These junctions are very hostile to pedestrians (and cyclists).
Gorgie / Dalry Road / Ardmillan Terrace / Henderson Terrace
4 Way junction with separate pedestrian crossings. One arm on Murieston Street has no crossing and no safe period for pedestrians to cross. The junction also has multiple banned vehicle turns, which are frequently ignored, and the traffic drives through pedestrian green phase.
Dundee Street / Henderson Terrace / Angle Park Terrace / Western Approach Road
Very busy and fast junction, pedestrian crossing only on one arm (of 4). Visibility on other arms is very poor when trying to cross. No gap in sequence to cross any other arm.
Morningside Road with Church Hill Place
There is very little southbound traffic turning left from Morningside Road into Church Hill Place. This means that pedestrians on the eastern side of Morningside Road often wait a long time to cross Church Hill Place (leading to Church Hill Place)Drive, with no traffic passing. The recent SfP measures have shown that a single southbound lane suffices here on Morningside Road. A filter on the signals allowing northbound traffic to turn right (with southbound traffic on red) would increase the green man time for pedestrians on the east side of Morningside Road.
Morningside Road at Holy Corner
This junction has heavy footfall throughout the day. Wheelchair users, adults/carers with buggies and children, elderly and those with disabilities are particularly vulnerable. The volume/speed of traffic, pavement clutter, narrow pavement width makes it impossible for pedestrians to pass safely in opposite directions, especially when waiting for the pedestrian signal, and at places unsafe even to wait. Social distancing, in particular at three sections, is impossible. This has been exacerbated by the continued blockage of the Right of Way at McLarens, regularly used by vulnerable road users in the past.
Argyle Place/Melville Drive
The junction would be improved by the closure of the slip road which appears to be used by very few vehicles. The complexity of slip road, cycle paths and a bus route have created an unnecessary hazard. If the bus route could be rerouted to Marchmont road – Melville drive junction, this would allow a much simpler and safer junction for pedestrians and cyclists. These modifications could form part of plan to create a neighbourhood area between Causewayside, Marchmont Road, Melville Drive and Grange Road with traffic calming by closed through roads improving access for vehicles, cycles and especially pedestrians.
The whole junction is very poor for pedestrians and our understanding of plans associated with the new Haymarket development is that this become even worse for pedestrians.
Gardners Crescent at Morrison Street
A pedestrian phase is essential at the southern side of Morrison Street to enable people to cross Gardners Crescent safely. A pedestrian phase is also needed at the eastern arm of the junction to cross Morrison Street. We assume that this will be introduced as part of the ‘Morrison St scheme’, which we would like to hear more about.
Similar to Haymarket, a very complex and hostile junction for walking. Generally throughout Tollcross traffic system – many junctions with 2-phase pedestrian crossings due to triangle type design. Consideration needs to be given to diverting or closing some of the roads leading to West Tollcross (Thornybauk, Lochrin Terrace).
Pedestrian crossings at Tollcross are confusing especially for the young, elderly and tourists. Also, vehicles get confused and carry out dangerous and unauthorised turnings across pedestrian routes. There are basically too many junctions at this point. The highways dept should be putting the welfare of pedestrians much higher up their list of priorities at this junction.
Lothian Road / Earl Gray Street / East Fountainbridge / Fountainbridge
No pedestrian crossing on Earl Gray Street. Takes 3 separate crossings to cross road. We understand this will be rectified as part of the Fountainbridge/Lothian Road scheme.
Lothian Road at Kings Stables Road
There are no traffic lights or pedestrian crossing facilities at this junction. We would favour KSR being closed to vehicles entirely at this junction, with access restricted from the Grassmarket end.
Lothian Road at Western Approach Road
A three stage crossing is inappropriate given the volume of pedestrians.
Foot of the Walk/Great Junction Street/Duke Street
Insufficient walking time to cross; too long to wait. High number of older/disabled pedestrians.
South St David St at Princes Street
Very long wait time for pedestrians meaning very common ‘crossing on red’. (All crossings on Princes St need better pedestrian priority.)
Colinton Road/Myreside Road/Gray’s Loan/Merchiston Gardens
This is a very busy meeting point of five roads and seen as dangerous for pedestrians. Colinton Road being long and straight regularly sees a lot of drivers breaking the speed limit. The traffic lights at the junction are set to prioritise traffic, creating long waits for pedestrians wishing to cross. The crossing time allocated for pedestrians is not adequate for anyone, never mind the more vulnerable.
There are three schools near this junction: Craiglockhart Primary, Rudolph Steiner’s and George Watson’s College. When the schools are open, there are very large numbers of children and many drivers dropping off and picking up pupils at certain times of day. This adds to the problem but the situation is still bad when the schools are not open.
Greenhill Gardens / Strathearn Place
This is difficult area for pedestrians to cross, as is the Churchill / Pitsligo Rd section nearby.
Traffic comes along Chamberlain Rd at speed onto Greenhill Gardens, and continues at speed to turn left onto Strathearn Place, usually without slowing down or indeed indicating, or an awareness that pedestrians may be trying to cross. There is a bus stop both here and across the road, and difficult to access for vulnerable road users.
Liberton Road/Kirk Brae/Mayfield Road
There are no pedestrian facilities at all (green man) at several roads on this signalled junction, despite a recent full renewal, including installation of advance cycle lights.
London Road at Elm Row
Very inconvenient two-stage crossing (off desire line). This will be improved through tram works.
Leith Street/Calton Road/Greenside Row
Two adjacent junctions with very high footfall, and low vehicle volumes: the balance of priority between pedestrian sea motor vehicle is completely inappropriate.
High Street at the Bridges
Inadequate pedestrian priority at a very busy junction with narrow pavements (at Tron). Pedestrian priority to cross the High Street, both at west and east sections needs to be significantly improved by signal phase and possibly filter changes.