NTBCC: Broughton St – a community hub, Spaces for People proposals

NTBCC has published the following leaflet on Broughton St. It connects with these previous posts:

Click either image below to see the full PDF. The text of the PDF is reproduced below.

New Town & Broughton Community Council

Who are NTBCC?

We are a statutory body elected by local residents to represent the views and needs of our community to the local authority and public bodies. We recognise the importance of striking the best balance between the different interests in our area and the available resources.
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Our monthly meetings are currently held on line, and are open to the public. Our papers and minutes of meetings as well as information about the current members of the NTBCC are on our website at www.ntbcc.org.uk.

Broughton Street – community hub

Once a village on the old road to Leith, Broughton Street is now a thriving hub for the local community – residential, shopping, leisure, pubs and café uses, and a public transport corridor — creating a quality High Street destination for local residents and beyond.

Government-funded Spaces for People is intended to make temporary improvements to our streets to make it easier to move around safely during the pandemic. Proposed measures must enable social distancing on streets currently too narrow to pass safely or queue on. Non-Covid-related initiatives should not be promoted in order to bypass local democracy without proper consultation.

As a major traffic artery, Broughton Street impacts on the quality of the environment and the ability to meet Covid- 19 safety requirements. The Spaces for People (SfP) programme (see boxed text above) is an opportunity for us to do this.

NTBCC has put a list of potential improvements to the City Council that can be achieved by the SfP programme. As the street is narrow, especially at its top end, space is limited and selectivity is required.

NTBCC prioritised its suggestions based initially on data such as the Transport Modes and Consultation feedback shown at right. This then generated the more detailed plan overleaf. It’s important that the final project details are based on these considerations and not on unrelated aspirations.

What are the priorities?

Main mode of sustainable transport used to get around the city (Source: Edinburgh by Numbers CEC)

  • Bus 72%
  • On foot 53%
  • Taxi 15%
  • Train 10%
  • Bicycle 9%
  • Tram 9%

Commonplace Map Consultation Feedback relating to Broughton St

(Source Commonplace Map: CEC)

Problems – Top three public comments

  • Pavement too narrow
  • Excessive speed of traffic
  • Limited space to queue at shops /buses

Potential Solutions – Top three public comments

  • Extend pavements
  • Restrict / suspend vehicle parking
  • Slow down vehicles

The Spaces for People team have recently published their plans for the Broughton Street to Canonmills route. The Council are also consulting on whether the temporary measures including the ones for our area should be retained. We would like to hear your views, and invite you to a Zoom Meeting on Monday March 29 at 7pm – join at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-town-broughton-cc-meeting-via-zoom-monday-29-march-2021-tickets-147117898595

Here are the NTBCC’s proposals for Spaces for People measures for Broughton Street, based on the travel hierarchy and Commonplace Map public feedback

Pedestrians and Wheelers

  • Increase pavement widths to recommended 3.0m requirement
  • Remove street clutter from pavements to maximise available space with adequate width for wheelers
  • Undertake urgent repair / maintenance of pavements to improve quality of surface and provide drop-down kerbs on side streets
  • Review timing of pedestrian crossings to reflect pedestrian priority
  • Reduce side streets junction widths to create pedestrian space and slow turning traffic
  • Install zebra crossings at existing Broughton Street crossing points to enhance pedestrian safety and reduce traffic speed


  • Install segregated cycle lane from roundabout along London Street to connect with National Cycle Route 75 along Dublin Street
  • Improve London Street/ Drummond Place junction as per previously approved plans to enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety
  • Undertake repair and maintenance of road surface where damaged, potholes etc to improve cyclist safety
  • Install cycle racks at Broughton Street junctions for cyclists to access shopping, hospitality or other local businesses

Public transport

  • Retain number 8 bus service with wider pavements at stops to minimise impact on pedestrians and wheelers

Private and commercial vehicles

  • Monitor pollution, traffic volume and speeds along Broughton Street to assess impact of changes and provide baseline for future improvements
  • Maintain two-way traffic on Broughton Street with only one running lane each way to provide additional space for pedestrians and bus stops
  • Introduce further traffic calming to reduce speed of downhill traffic
  • In consultation with shops and businesses, reduce number of loading bays / introduce restricted operating hours to reduce impact on traffic flow (NB no bays to be moved to side streets)
  • Remove all long-term pay & display parking spaces on Broughton Street, leaving only time-limited and designated disabled driver spaces

National Cycle Route 75 runs through Canonmills to Scotland Street, and thence through Drummond Place and Dublin Street to St Andrews Square via the cycle ramp at York Place, connecting into George Street and beyond. It provides a safe cycling route along traffic-free paths and lightly used secondary streets, avoiding dangerous junctions and heavily- trafficked streets such as Broughton Street / Picardy Place. Hence our suggestion to encourage it as the main north-south route in our area.