Upgrades to Craigleith Junction set to start

The next two months will see a major improvement project underway at Craigleith Junction – part of which will see it re-named Craigleith Quarry Junction.

The junction is seen as a major entry point to the path network, serving the nearby shopping centre linking it to Maidencraig Crescent, and is the junction between the Roseburn Path and the route to Queensferry and Silverknowes, but heavy use and bad drainage have left it lookiung a bit neglected.

Craigleith Junction map

The plans include landscaping the central triangular island, with brick edging round the grass to help keep growth off the path surface, and new trees planted which won’t obsucre sightlines. The Sustrans sign will be sunk into the ground so that the concrete base can’t be used for seating.

The bad drainage will be solved, so that flooding, puddles mud and ice will no longer be a problem (a common complaint) and in places the paths are being widened to 4m. Another common complaint has been undergrowth growing right up to the path edges on the corners, restricting sight lines and visibility – this will be thinned back to allow the verges to be maintained and mown.

To try and solve the problem of conflict between cyclists and pedestrians, the line of the path between the shopping centre and Maidencraig is being resurfaced in a different colour to highlight this heavily used pedestrian route, and rumble strips and give way markings on the paths at the approach to the junction – as used in Copenhagen – will encourage cyclists to slow before reaching the newly-coloured path. The metal chicane barriers at the exits to Maidencraig Crescent and Telford Road are being replaced with artistic railings.

Back in October the Edinburgh Council held a consultation exercise to see which issues local people and regular path users wanted to see addressed at the junction which led to these designs, and hopefully this will be but one of many more improvements to come at key points along the paths.

Larger area map - Craigleith Junction

The project is part-funded by Community Links – a Scottish Government grant managed by Sustrans, and worked on by the city council in partnership with Cycling Scotland – which, as the name suggests, aims to improve community links by bike and on foot. It should all be ready by 31st March – so the next two months will see a lot of activity, so watch out if that is part of your regular commute.

Mark Sydenham
Mark Sydenham

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  2. Avatarfuzzytnth3

    Cyclists coming downhill from Silverknowes to this junction need to be slowed down by putting a chicane as they approach this junction to really get them to slow down

  3. AvatarSusanne Horsburgh

    I hadn’t realised they were putting in a brick chicane of THREE rows right across the path until I had the joy of cycling across the first today. As if our bikes weren’t taking enough of a battering from Edinburgh potholes! The plan says they’re to be 5mm above the paving surface – I bet they were higher. Feel the urge to stop and measure… Seriously, who draws up plans like this???

  4. AvatarLizzie

    why did they waste a considerable pot of cash on a totally unusable map? This is after all a ‘gateway’ and so folks might want to know what their options are.
    And the new coloured surfacing for pedestrians is totally over the top – its too visually intrusive in a path setting (why is it acceptable to put this sort of treatment on a shared use path to manage conflict between different users and and not on the roads?). A quieter treatment would have been visually far more acceptable, and could still have made the point.

  5. AvatarJackie

    Couldn’t agree more – they swoop down there like they’re trying
    to win the Tour de France without proper care and attention to
    other path users!!

  6. AvatarJackie

    Obviously not as there are still cyclists behaving like deranged
    maniacs going way too fast – even at these junctions!


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