This short stretch of tarmac opened this week. Even though it must be little more than 10m long it makes a huge difference.
It links Seafield Street and a new, widened shared use pavement alongside Seafield Road with the newly sufaced paths that link up Lochend Park, Easter Road Stadium and Leith Academy. This little bit of path means that path users don’t have to struggle up and down a narrow, steep and muddy path up to the railway line.
Suddenly, it’s now possible to cycle or walk all the way from Leith to Portobello on paths seperated from traffic – that most people would be comfortable letting even young children use.
A few weeks earlier another short stretch of pathway – this time the bit in front of St Mary’s Primary School on Leith Links was overhauled. The previous path had been rendered almost impassable to people on wheels with tree routes ridging the path, bent signposts, and bollards and railings all in the way. Now, as the photo below shows it’s much easier to navigate.
The last missing link between these two short sections of path, is of course the new ramp that and bridge that is currently being constructed at the East end of the Links.
Here’s a photo taken a few weeks ago that shows the scale of the project – workers had removed a whole section of the former railway embankment and removed the old footbridge in preparation for the new one.
We’re looking forward to the day when the new Leith Links bridge is open. Car free households in Porty and Leith are already better connected and the new bridge will help to extend the extensive traffic free network to the West of the Water of Leith eastwards.
This infrastructure work has cost hundreds of thousands of pounds – and it is exactly this sort of investment that is required if the council is serious about promoting active travel in the city.
Fortunately, most of the political parties in the city have signed up to support the current administrations recent budget pledge to spend at least 5% of the total council transport budget on promoting walking and cycling.