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Bridge Road Safety Update May 22- let’s get things moving!

Queue in Bridge Rd, ColintonAn on-site meeting has been scheduled between ColCC’s Transport Convenor and Daisy Naryanan, the Head of Placemaking and Mobility at CEC, to discuss (and hopefully resolve) issues of outstanding local concern about Bridge Road’s safety – items 3 and 4 on this list of our original concerns.:

  1. Speeding on Bridge Rd itself (average of 30mph in both directions in a 20mph zone including eastwards round a blind corner)
  2. Lack of a safe crossing for pedestrians from the phone box on the N side to the pavement on the S side of Bridge Rd leading to the westbound village bus stop and the "Broad Steps" up to Woodhall Rd.
  3. Danger of collisions between vehicles emerging from Spylaw St in both directions but particularly turning right towards the bridge.  We have lots of informal evidence of near misses and minor unreported collisions.  A number of  near misses have witnessed.
  4. Danger to pedestrians and wheelchairs at the severely sloped pavement at the NE corner near the phone box where there have been several recent slips and falls with one person badly injured.

The Key Areas of Disagreement at May 2022 are detailed HERE

This meeting at senior level is very welcome, following several years of robust lobbying of the Council and a particularly frustrating time since May 2021 championing our responses to CEC’s draft proposals. The ColCC Response of May 2021 can be read HERE

Let’s hope local knowledge, expertise and experience count for something; we’ll keep you posted.

Update on the Spaces for People project May 2022


Cllr Scott Arthur reported recently on progress affecting Colinton ward. Key points are summarised below.

The November 2021 Transport & Environment Committee meeting set the direction of travel for the schemes impacting on Lanark Road, Buckstone Terrace (A702), Braid Road (outwith the Ward) and Bonaly and Buckstone primary schools.

Lanark Road
It was agreed to progress this scheme to an ETRO. The process provides a statutory framework and public engagement process to consider any future changes to the scheme.

Comiston Road
It was agreed to also progress this scheme to an ETRO. It was agreed at the Transport Committee that changes to Braid Road and Comiston Road are impacting on delays to public transport on Comiston road. The agreed solution to this was to remove a large section of the cycle lane and replace it with a bus lane.

Braid Road
This will progress to an ETRO, and be reopened to two-way traffic. This will only happen, however, after a pedestrian crossing (agreed pre-covid) is installed at The Hermitage.

A School Travel Plan Review is underway for all schools. This piece of work will be carried out over the next 24 months. The aim of the review is to develop a 5 year action plan with parents, children and the schools to make the routes and streets surrounding the schools safer and to encourage more active travel. Schools with temporary Spaces for People measures are being prioritised and the survey for Buckstone and Bonaly has started. Residents will be involved once the initial plan is developed.

The ETRO consultations agreed in November 2021 are still awaited.

With thanks to Cllr Arthur.

Free bus travel in Scotland for those 21 and under

From January 31st bus travel will be "free" in Scotland for those aged up to 21. Children and young people who are 5-21 years old, however will need a new or replacement National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot National Entitlement Card (Young Scot NEC).

Details of how it will work are here:

Thanks to Cllr Arthur for this information.

Spaces for People Lanark Road Update December 2021


Following a somewhat controversial local engagement exercise with residents, the Council voted in October to keep the Lanark Road Spaces for People scheme. The scheme will now include time-limited parking outside Cranley Nursery; and outside Dovecot flats the parking will be completely removed with additional spaces provided on the Dovecot park side of the road.

It is expected that in January the Council will use an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) to extend the scheme for 18 months.

It seems this scheme could be one of the first to use the Scottish Government's new regulations in relation to ETROs,  partly designed to make it easier to create effective schemes to address the climate crisis. 

 A community group, South West Edinburgh in Motion (SWEM) has put forward an alternative proposal for the road. More information on that proposal is available at the link below.

Please note Colinton Community Council does not hold any position on the SWEM proposal or linked petition and supplies this material for community information only.

SHIFT-funding for Community Cycling Initiatives

SHIFT Programme for everyday cycling -cycling UK’s new programme in Scotland to get communities cycling more and helping people use bikes for their everyday journeys.

With funding up to £800 Shift are working to support communities to enable people to make that switch from cars to bikes.

There are all kinds of possibilities for how to use the funding in your community. Follow the links below for information.

Gordon Webber

Development Officer for Shift (Falkirk, East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian and Edinburgh) 

Cycling UK

Mobile: 07919 145476

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This latest information from Cllr Rust:

Thank you for your correspondence requesting an update on the Site Investigation . I can advise you that a desktop study has been completed; it identified that Woodhall Road presents some specific challenges because of its differing characteristics and overall length of some 2.63kms. Consequently, it has three designations in terms of Edinburgh Street Design Guidance – the section from Bridge Road to Bonaly Road is termed as a Retail/High Street, Secondary, the section from Bonaly Road to a point west of the City Bypass is termed as a Low Density Residential Street, Secondary and the section from there westwards from the Bypass to its conclusion is termed as a Rural Road/No Frontage Street, Secondary. Therefore, it currently has a mix of 20mph roundels on rural sections and 20mph repeater road signs elsewhere to manage vehicle speeds. The developing plan is to introduce more roundels to support the road signs and introduce locations for Vehicle Activated Speed Signs, to provide consistency along Woodhall Road.

Bridge Road Safety Update - Responses to CEC Proposals

CEC draft safety proposals for Bridge Road

1: Pedestrian Crossing at Spylaw St Junction

CEC propose a pavement level uncontrolled crossing from the Telephone Box to the Bus Stop at position A


ColCC’s strong view is the crossing should be at the start of the bridge - position B - immediately next to the existing railings, protecting the corner of Spylaw St.   This would:-

1:Physically slow West to East traffic before the blind junction.

2: Improve the safety of vehicles emerging from Spylaw St (especially if turning right).

3: Make it fully visible to traffic travelling in either direction, and so safer for pedestrians.

4: Make the crossing significantly shorter.

5: Continue the line of the pedestrian route from Woodhall Rd down the Broad Steps to the North side of Spylaw St, giving safer access to Spylaw Park, the Scout Hut (for up to 170 children a week), the Spylaw pub, Waddell’s Garage, Colinton Parish Church and its Halls.

6: Protect pedestrians crossing the top of Spylaw St on their way to Colinton Shops from unseen traffic turning into Spylaw St from the bridge.

7: Allow wheelchair access to the raised crossing in Position B.   Though longer than at Position A, the dropped kerb near the telephone box can be levelled and redesigned.   This route also allows wheelchair access to the village from Gillespie Rd.

2: Position and Type of VAS – Vehicle Activated Speed Sign

CEC’s proposed VAS on the corner before the bridge is too late to warn drivers coming from Gillespie Rd to slow down to 20mph or to note the sharp bend there; and too early to protect the new crossing at Spylaw St from W-E traffic speeding up to cross the bridge.

ColCC’s strong preference is a VAS that flashes actual speed in bright red or amber if over 20mph and a “thank you” with green numbers when below the limit.

We believe a VAS two thirds of the way across the bridge would give enough warning to slow down to 20mph before the new crossing.

The VAS could be mounted on the working lamppost two thirds of the way across the N side of the bridge which can provide an electricity supply without taking up pavement space.

3: Sign Warning of the Blind Bend, Concealed Road Junction and New Crossing

The present warning sign on the bridge is a standard, quite small sign for a bend with a junction (direction of bend actually left to right) but no indication that road junction is concealed. Both are mounted quite high on a lamppost some distance from the junction.

We suggest a CONCEALED ROAD JUNCTION sign alongside SLOW road markings on the bridge road surface. A larger sign should be considered so that all road users at different viewing heights can see it clearly.

We were told that a new crossing sign in both directions was not possible with an uncontrolled raised crossing. Instead the “dragon’s teeth” painted on the sloping edges of the crossing will act as a warning.

Paint fades in time: ColCC would prefer signs with a RAISED CROSSING warning.

4: New and Renewed Road Markings and 20 MPH Signage

ColCC support the new and refreshed SLOW and 20 mph white and yellow road markings on the Draft Plan. With the volume of heavy traffic using Bridge Rd it is important these are refreshed regularly.

5: New Speed Cushions

We are unclear whether these are associated with the proposed new crossing or the existing pelican crossing. Given that the new crossing would be raised and the approach to it adequately covered with road signs and markings, we are unsure about  the need for speed cushions adjacent to the post office.

ColCC is concerned about the chicane in Bridge Rd caused by the narrowing of the usable roadway by a stone wall on one side and two parking places on the other.  Only smaller cars can generally pass in opposite directions when the parking spaces are occupied. A ColCC proposal to swap the bus stop with these spaces was rejected by the Bus Stop Working Party.   We firmly believe that decision was too focused on the bus stop alone.   A copy of our proposal will be sent to Road Safety.

Speed reducing measures adjacent to the Colinton Inn would help protect the existing pelican crossing as traffic tends to speed up downhill on Bridge Rd.  Square cushions can be driven over at speed by drivers of large cars, vans and lorries with wide wheelbases.   A full width speed ramp would be more effective.  If that is unsuitable as Bridge Rd is a route for “blue light” vehicles, ColCC question the benefit of cushions which unfairly affect drivers of small and medium sized cars but not more dangerous larger vehicles.

6: Gillespie Rd Speed Limit and Road Markings /Signage

The Draft Plan proposes extension of the 20mph limit from the foot of Gillespie Rd to Lanark Rd.  ColCC have had no requests from local residents for a speed limit reduction along this relatively long stretch.

However, we are concerned this might reduce the impact of the present 20mph signage and road markings in slowing W-E vehicles before the sharp bend at the foot of Gillespie Rd.   ColCC suggest it is more important to protect this dangerous corner - already within the 20mph zone.

We welcome proposed new SLOW road markings near this bend and request improved advance warning signage for this bend.  Damage to bollards protecting the N pavement of the bridge at the bend shows that drivers taking the corner too fast have collided with them.