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Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 25 November 2021

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 25 November 2021

Actions and decisions are red italic. ‘TT’ means ‘Trams Team’. Names are sometimes abbreviated to initials. Continue reading

City centre Low Emission Zone plans

On January 27th, the City of Edinburgh decided to proceed with a ‘Low Emission Zone’ primarily featuring in the centre of the city.

Map of the proposed Low Emission Zone
(c) The City of Edinburgh Council

Although this may not directly impact the Leith Central area, it will have an impact on everyone in Edinburgh who visits the Old Town, New Town, Southside or West End or uses those areas to cross the city.

In line with the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 and the Low Emission Zones (Scotland) Regulations 2021, Edinburgh Council is required to prepare a statement which sets out the details of the consultation undertaken in accordance with section 11 of the Act and set out details of how the Council has taken account of any representations received in the course of the consultation:

Edinburgh Council is now commencing the statutory period during which the proposals for the Scheme are published and during which objections to the Scheme may be made.

The statutory period for objecting to the LEZ Scheme commences on 1 February 2022 and will run until 1 March 2022. Objections must be made in writing, stating the grounds of objection and must be submitted:

  • By email to low.emission.zone@edinburgh.gov.uk; or
  • By post to: Low Emission Zone, the City of Edinburgh Council, Waverley Court G3, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG

Big changes to Leith Walk tramworks from 2nd Feb

The Trams to Newhaven team have published updated guidance on the second phase of works starting from Wednesday 2nd February 2022.

Please check out their news article for the whole story and how you’ll be impacted.

The following will impact road traffic including cars, buses and bicycles.

Road flipping on the Walk

The current city-bound running lane on Leith Walk will close and traffic will be diverted to the new road surface on the west side from Manderston Street.

Road openings from Leith Walk

  • Pilrig Street – access to and from Pilrig Street will be reintroduced heading south (ie going towards Leith Walk)
  • Steads Place – access to and from Steads Place will be reintroduced heading south (ie going towards Leith Walk)

Road Closures from Leith Walk

  • Dalmeny Street – as part of site set up there will be no access to Dalmeny Street from Leith Walk.
  • Iona Street – as part of site set up a full closure will be implemented.
  • Lorne Street – as part of site set up a full closure will be implemented.
  • Manderston Street – as part of site set up there will be no access to Manderston Street from Leith Walk.

Again, please check out the Trams Team’s full update for details and other changes.

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 30 September 2021

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
(Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 28 October 2021 at 5:30pm Continue reading

Leith Central’s Traffic Regulation Orders: Our Response

An example of the Traffic Regulation Order proposed.

Leith Central Community Council (LCCC) has reviewed the above TROs from the Trams team and in particular the section of the route from Picardy Place to McDonald Road (covered by Sheets 12 – 14) and we comment and object as set out below.

Our headline concerns are the triggering of rat runs through narrow streets and the narrowing of several pavements.

We refer to TRO/20/24A (“on-street conditions that will allow for the safe and efficient operation of Trams”), TRO/20/24B (waiting, loading and unloading restrictions) and sheets 9-14 in this set of TRO drawings.

our refTRO drawingIssueLCCC comment/objection
1Dwg 14 (25-03-21We are concerned that the absence of a left turn from Leith Walk into London Road will trigger “rat runs” through nearby narrower and residential streets, and/or extra traffic from a detour around the Picardy Place gyratory, contrary to neighbourhood traffic and environmental policies.Object. Suggested alternative: a short left filter lane is introduced to accommodate waiting left turn traffic. This could be achieved by moving bike lanes east, thus straightening the proposed “bike slalom” closer to the desire line.
2Dwg 14 (25-03-21We are concerned that the absence of a right turn from London Road into Leith Walk will trigger “rat runs” through nearby narrower residential streets and/or extra traffic from a detour around the Picardy Place gyratory, contrary to neighbourhood traffic and environmental policies.Object. Suggested alternative: an outside right hand filter lane is introduced
3Dwg 11 (08-04-21)We are concerned that the introduction of unidirectional traffic from the Arthur Street “extra dog leg” to Leith Walk (opposite to the status quo ante) will trigger “rat runs” from Pilrig Street traffic heading north on Leith Walk wishing to avoid traffic lights at junction Pilrig Street/Leith Walk, where it will cross a busy pavement near a tram stop with poor sightlines, contrary to neighbourhood traffic policies.Object. Suggested alternative: the “extra dog leg” (which has no residential frontages) is turned into a cul-de-sac accessed only from the “main leg” of Arthur Street, perhaps with loading bays serving Leith Walk shops and ample pedestrian space, as practiced currently under TTRO measures.
4Dwg 11 (08-04-21)We are concerned about the extremely narrow pavement at the floating bus stop outside 344 Leith Walk, next to a much wider downhill cycle path. This is contrary to design guidance and has a number of serious safety implicationsObject. Suggested alternative: the bike lane is narrowed to absolute minimum width (as shown near Pilrig St junction).
5Dwg 11 (08-04-21)We are concerned about the extreme narrowing of the pavement on Pilrig Street by Pilrig Church Hall’s entrance. This is contrary to design guidance and impacts negatively on the setting of an A-listed building in a ConservationObject.
6Dwg 10
(07-04-21)
We are concerned about the extremely narrow floating bus stop platform outside 238 Leith Walk, next to a much wider downhill cycle path. This is contrary to design guidance and has a number of serious safety implicationsObject.
7Dwg 10
(07-04-21)
We note the stop line for the left hand turn from Smith’s Place and question if this allows for safe egress onto Leith Walk.Object.
8Dwg 9
(30-03-21)
While outside our area, we note the absence of a north bound bus stop at the Foot of the Walk. Is this a mistake? If they are to be nearby in Duke and Great Junction Street, we would expect them to be shown as part of the tram TROs.Comment.