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Roads

Central Edinburgh Traffic Management Scheme

Traffic Lights in front of the National Galleries in Princes Street  -  introduced as part of the Central Edinburgh Traffic Management Scheme in 2005

The scheme was introduced in 2005

 UPDATE 1
November 2005

Some Decisions Reversed

The text in green below has been added, following an Edinburgh council meeting held on 17 November 2005 which reversed some of the changes introduced under this scheme.

- The main proposal restricting eastbound traffic on Princes Street during the day to buses, taxis and cycles, remains in force.

- However some of the restrictions and road closures in George Street and other parts of the New Town have now been reversed.

 UPDATE 2
November 2006

Approval

The current arrangements (including the temporary changes made a year ago in response to opposition to the original plan) are to be made permanent.  This decision follows a year-long review.

Edinburgh Evening News:  November 22, 2006, p.9

 

What was Planned?

 

The Scheme

Following several years of planning ending with a public inquiry in 2003, the Central Edinburgh Traffic Management (CETM) scheme was recently implemented.  It was implemented in between May and October 2005 at a cost of 3.2m

The purpose of this scheme is to control the flow of traffic in the centre of Edinburgh. 

Please click on the aerial view below to see the area most affected by these proposals.

Edinburgh New Town

   Aerial View of Edinburgh New Town with key to areas connected with the Central Edinburgh Traffic Management scheme

Major elements of this scheme are:

-  to separate buses and cars travelling east and west, the buses using Princes Street and cars using Queen Street

-   to make George Street, St Andrew Square and Charlotte Square more pedestrian-friendly by reducing the amount of traffic in these areas.

-   to close several streets to through traffic, and restricting others to buses and taxis only; particularly the streets between Hanover Street and Broughton Street to reduce the amount of traffic in these residential streets in the New Town.

 

 

What happened?

Early Problems

The scheme was criticised as being confusing, with poor signposting. 

Most confusing were:

-   Restrictions on eastbound traffic in Princes Street.
More signposting was added and this part of the plan now seems to be operating smoothly.

Road markings introduced into Edinburgh New Town in 2005 as part of the Central Edinburgh Traffic Management Scheme  -  Looking east along Princes Street from the junction with Hanover Street

-   Restrictions on traffic in Queensferry Street
More signposting has now been added.

Road signs introduced into Edinburgh New Town in 2005 as part of the Central Edinburgh Traffic Management Scheme  -  Looking south-east along Queensferry Street from the junction with Melville Street

-   New traffic lights around the statue at the George Street / Hanover Street junction.

UPDATE:  These lights at George Street are to be removed.

Road markings introduced into Edinburgh New Town in 2005 as part of the Central Edinburgh Traffic Management Scheme  -  Hanover Street, looking north at the junction with George Street

The Police said that there were certain aspects of the scheme that they did not intend to enforce until signposting improved.  (It has now improved.)

Income from parking on the streets in the centre of Edinburgh has fallen in recent months (2005) and this has been attributed to many motorists staying away from the centre of the City since the new traffic arrangements came into force.

 

Further Problems

The real problems arose when the final stage of the scheme was introduced in mid-October.  These changes restricted traffic in many of the roads in the New Town residents, shoppers, businesses, taxi drivers and the AA and opposition councillors have all raised objections.

Aspects of the final phase causing particular concern were:

-  Bollards operating part-time at the Frederick Street/ George Street junction.

UPDATE:  Restrictions at Frederick Street are to be removed, and the bollards will not operate in future, except perhaps on special occasions when the road needs to be closed.

Road sign introduced into Edinburgh New Town in 2005 as part of the Central Edinburgh Traffic Management Scheme  -  Frederick Street looking south at the junction with George Street

-   Restrictions on exits from St Andrew Square.

UPDATE:  Exit from St Andrew Square by North St David Street into Queen Street is to be allowed again for all vehicles.

-  Restrictions on many of the streets between Dundas Street and Broughton Street / Rodney Street, particularly at the London Street Drummond Place junction.

UPDATE:  The London Street / Drummond Place junction is to be opened again to all traffic.  So none of the signs or road markings below will be needed.

However, other road closures in the New Town between Dundas Street and Broughton Street / Rodney Street will have to be left in place for a further 18 months because the legislation will not permit their removal earlier unless the junctions are classified as 'legally unsafe'.

Road sign introduced into Edinburgh New Town in 2005 as part of the Central Edinburgh Traffic Management Scheme  -  Drummond Place, looking south to the junction with London Street     Road markings introduced into Edinburgh New Town in 2005 as part of the Central Edinburgh Traffic Management Scheme  -  Looking east along London Street from the junction with Drummond Place

These closures were criticised for cutting off natural routes, e.g. Broughton to Stockbridge.  Many motorists have been disregarding the 'no entry' signs at this junction.

Road sign introduced into Edinburgh New Town in 2005 as part of the Central Edinburgh Traffic Management Scheme  -  Looking east along Fettes Row from Dundas Street

The road signs in the New Town, many of them temporary, have been criticised as being unattractive and inappropriate for the New Town, a World Heritage Site.  More than 1,000 new signs have been erected in the city centre to explain the changes!

UPDATE:  As a result of the changes announced in November 2005, many of these temporary signs can now be removed.

The council has promised a full review of how the scheme is working,  but not until March 2006!

This review was in fact brought forward and held 0n 17 November 2005, resulting in the changes shown in green on this page.

 

What next?

Evening News Campaign

The Edinburgh Evening News, on 4 November 2005, invited readers to register their objections to the recently introduced changes to traffic flow in the New Town by joining its 'Get It Sorted' campaign.  The paper said that it would forward all objections received to the council.

The Edinburgh Evening News reported that almost 1,000 readers had supported their campaign in the first three days.

'U turn' by the Council

Five days after launching its campaign, Edinburgh Evening News had the headline on 9 November:

"Victory as News forces council to reverse city centre traffic plan ..
so how much has this shambles cost?"

The News reported  that the council had agreed to bring proposals to the next council meeting to reverse several of the changes that have recently been introduced.

The council leader, Donald Anderson admitted:

"My view is that a lot of the technical advice we were given about the proposed changes and the impact they would have has proved to be simply wrong. 

Things are worse now than they were 12 months ago and it has been horrific."

Decisions Expected

It is expected that within a week:

-  Retractable bollards at the Frederick Street / George Street junction will be lowered

-  Several roads between Dundas Street and Broughton Street /Rodney Street will be re-opened, unless there is significant opposition from residents.

-  The North St David Street junction will be re-opened to provide an exit for cars from the north-west corner of St Andrew Square.

-  The traffic lights at the George Street / Hanover Street junction will be removed.

-  A left turn from Randolph Crescent into Queensferry Street will be permitted.

The other changes predicted above were agreed at the City of Edinburgh Council Meeting held on 17 November 2005.   In particular:

1) Restrictions on vehicles leaving George Street and entering St Andrew Square and Charlotte Square.

2)  Routes through the New Town between Dundas Street and Broughton Street / Rodney Street will be re-opened, but possibly not for another 18 months.

UPDATE -  DECEMBER 2006

In fact one route through the New Town is to remained closed.  The closure of Cornwallis Street/Summerbank (exit from N New Town to Rodney Street) will continue. The residents' associations, and the community council, objected to the proposals to re-open it. This closure was confirmed by the Council in Dec 2006.

 

Sources for the details above include my own observations and the following newspaper articles:

Herald & Post:  3 November 2005, p.12.

Edinburgh Evening News: 3 November 2005, p.13
4 November 2005, p.10.
5 November 2005, p.5
7 November 2005, pp.6-7, 14-15, 21
8 November 2005, pp.4-5
9 November 2005. pp.1, 6-7, 12, 14-15

Edinburgh Evening News: 18 November 2005, p.17
19 November 2005, p.7

 

Edinburgh Traffic Management Scheme  -  Map

 Aerial View of Edinburgh New Town with key to areas connected with the Central Edinburgh Traffic Management scheme

Edinburgh Today

 

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A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Frequently Asked Questions

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