East Princes Street / South St David Street – Bus, Cycle and Taxi gate & Footway Widening

Email from 'Spaces for People' to key stakeholders including local Ward Councillors as well as the New Town & Broughton Community Council and the Old Town Community Council.

Covid-19 Cycling and Walking Emergency Response Measures

East Princes Street / South St David Street - Proposal for Bus,Cycle and Taxi gate & Footway Widening

'We are proposing to improve routes on East Princes Street and South St David Street by widening the existing footways, reducing traffic movements and aiding cycling and public transport provision as part of overall emergency measures to re-designate key parts of the road network to help pedestrians and cyclists travel safely while meeting physical distancing requirements.  Such measures are required urgently to help prevent people from becoming ill or coming to harm by infection from COVID-19 whilst implementing physical distancing requirements.

Loading access for businesses in West Register Street will be maintained via the east end of Princes Street.  Loading on Princes Street (from South St David Street to North Bridge junctions will be available from 18:30 to 07:30 – timings may be subject to change.

These measures will be implemented under emergency delegated decision-making powers using a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order.

Given the urgent nature of these works, normal expectations about community consultations cannot be fulfilled. We urge you to get in touch within five working days or earlier should you want to raise any issues. If you do not have any concerns it would be beneficial if you could also email to let us know.  This means we will have responses from all stakeholders and this helps to inform the process.

Please note that the deadline for submitting comments is 17:00 on Wednesday 10th June 2020.

If the proposal is agreed for implementation, formal publicity will then be undertaken so that local people are aware of the changes. A dedicated inbox will help us to manage any feedback around proposals – spacesforpeople@edinburgh.gov.uk

The proposed designs for the scheme covering East Princes Street (including Leith Street) can be viewed here. and South St David Street  here

All comments will be reviewed and summarised in the assessment feedback form to the Council Incident Management Team for approval, but please note that we will be unable to respond to individual emails.

Regards

Spaces for People Team'