The traffic free path that runs from Seafield through Restalrig and on to Leith Academy has recently re-opened. The path had been closed to allow of the construction of a series of improvements to the access ramps in various places along the route. As the photo above shows, some new metal benches and street lighting have also been installed.
At Restalrig Crescent a new wide, and pretty steep ramp, has been added. It’s a good job this one has a handrail too. Nevertheless, this is a big improvement on the gravelly, potholed surface that was there before. We can live in hope that the improved vehicle access this ramp will provide to the path means that the council might find it easier to maintain the path too.
Further East, workmen were still putting the finishing touches to the steps down to the path on the west side of Restalrig road. This is a big improvement on the steep, muddy and degraded steps that were there before.
On the other side of the same bridge, more extensive upgrades. The ramp and steps on this side of the bridge are also a massive improvement on what was there before. Here’s hoping it doesn’t revert to becoming a huge dog toilet like it was before…
And further along again, changes have been made to the ramp up to Hawkhill avenue too. New railings have been installed, that will prevent those cyclists of a more adventurous nature ignoring the curvy path and going straight down the hill – whilst a small desire line has been added on the bottom curve.
The only thing letting the path down now, is the remarkable amount of litter and fly-tipping along the path. We’ve made a couple of Fix My Street reports to the council urging them to tidy the path up.
Overall, the new upgrades will make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to access this part of the network, which connects up Lochend Park, with Portobello, Leith Links and Leith Academy. What do you think of the new path upgrades? Let us know in the comments.
Update at 11/4/2013: Councillor Hinds has indicated that litter bins will be installed along the path too – and that the fly-tipping will be dealt with.