At long last the Leith to Portobello active travel link has been declared open in a formal opening ceremony today.
Greener Leith has long campaigned to see improvements to the route connecting Leith Links with Portobello – we organised a fancy dress bike ride to highlight the condition of the path as far back as 2007.
And here’s a photo of how the path used to look:
Now, some five year later, and £1.1million later, the whole path network around the eastern part of Leith has been upgraded, with better surfaces and lighting to make it truly useable throughout the year. The funding didn’t all come from the council though. SUSTRANS chipped in £446,000 and the Binks Trust contributed £50,000
One reason the path upgrade cost so much is because the rickety steps down into Leith Links needed to be replaced with a path suitable for bikes, wheelchairs and pushchairs. This meant building a whole new bridge over the road, and a whole new embankment up to it.
This embankment has cut the Leith Links Children’s Orchard we planted in half – but no trees were harmed in the construction of the new ramp. This is no mean feat for the engineers and the council and we’d like to go on record to thank all those involved in delivering the project for involving us early in the design stage of the project to make sure that the impact on the orchard was minimised.
You can see a photo of the ramp under construction below.
And how it looks now:
Opening the path city Environment Convenor Cllr Hinds said: “This new path is an important addition to Edinburgh’s Family Network, which provides safe, fun and convenient routes around the City for cyclists and pedestrians alike.
“We’re very grateful to Sustrans Scotland and the Binks Trust for their support for this project and I’m sure the path will quickly become a much-used route between the Shore and Portobello Promenade.”
You can see a map of the Leith to Portobello route below:[googlemaps https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msid=210598812950465277633.0004cb4e5a84d3715a94c&msa=0&ie=UTF8&t=h&ll=55.962462,-3.134193&spn=0.052847,0.094414&z=13&output=embed&w=550&h=550]
You can also find and download a pdf map of the route here.