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Edinburgh Advances: Meadows to George Street Project Hits Construction Milestone

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A major milestone in the Meadows to George Street project has been reached this week (April 19) as the statutory orders needed to progress to the construction stage are advertised.

This follows extensive consultation throughout the project and in 2019, engagement showed 78% overall support for the project.

Meadows to George Street is a key project within Edinburgh’s City Centre Transformation, and the Our Future Streets approach of the City Mobility Plan, which was approved by members in February 2024.

The scheme will improve cycling, walking, accessibility, and public spaces in some of Edinburgh’s busiest and most recognisable streets: from Teviot Place along Forrest Road before crossing George IV Bridge, The Mound, Hanover Street and finishing at George Street.

It will create a welcoming outdoor space with new high-quality cycling and walking facilities. These will include segregated cycleways, wider pavements, and pedestrian priority areas, which will make it easier for people to safely walk, wheel, and cycle as part of their everyday journeys.

The project is central to Edinburgh’s City Centre Transformation plan and will integrate with the George Street and First New Town project at Hanover Street, and from there connect to the west of the city via the City Centre West to East Link (CCWEL), which officially opened last month and to the north via Leith Walk. These also run alongside our Roseburn to Union Canal active travel project.  

Full details of the Meadows to George Street project, including designs and previous public engagement are available on the project website.

We will also be engaging with local residents, businesses and community representatives through a programme of door-to-door distribution, email, workshops, drop-in events, and information packs. 

Financial contributions to this project by the Council are match funded by the Scottish Government, Transport Scotland funds Places for Everyone through Sustrans Scotland.  

“I’m delighted that we’ve reached this significant stage in the Meadows to George Street project. This is a really important part of our wider plans to transform our city centre into one which enables our residents to enjoy a safe, connected, and sustainable place to live, work and spend time in. 

“We’re keen to get on and deliver the changes proposed so it’s important that we take the time to re-engage with those along the route and take them along with us on this exciting journey. We understand the impact these projects can have on the local community, in particular businesses, and we will be working closely with them throughout to support them and ensure the benefits are maximised.

“Edinburgh is a city with big ambitions. Through schemes such as this we’re sending a clear signal as to the sort of Capital we’re aspiring to be. From reaching net zero by 2030, to enhancing our already excellent public transport networks and making sure our residents are at the heart of everything we do, I’m really excited to see what the future holds.”

Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Scott Arthur

“This is a hugely exciting time to be in Edinburgh, and a massive achievement within the context of active travel.

“The all-new walking, wheeling and cycling links Meadows to George Street is set to deliver will absolutely transform everyday journeys for thousands of people living and working in the city, not to mention those visiting every year.

“We’d like to thank the whole community for their continuing involvement and support, and for the clear ambition they have shown in pushing this project forward.”

Karen McGregor, Scotland Director for Sustrans

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