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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.