Temporary measures to create space for social distancing in our towns

East Lothian Council is committed to working with local businesses and the community in the interests of public safety, as we continue our work to respond to the challenges of COVID-19.

Temporary measures are being implemented because the council wants to enable the reopening of business without increasing the risk of further infections, to build confidence for visiting local high streets and to help stimulate economic recovery. Pedestrian safety is of paramount importance – particularly at a time when physical distancing is vital in continuing to suppress COVID-19.

The council has secured funding to introduce a series of temporary changes to streets around the county to improve health and wellbeing so that everyone is able to move around their local area safely.

The focus for July is on creating sufficient space on our high streets. We are aiming to create 3m of protected pedestrian space where the streets are busy. At some locations this has to be taken from parking spaces in the carriageway where barriers will protect the area for social distancing or queueing.

Looking ahead to August, children will returning to school. We expect that an element of social distancing will still be required for parents and staff on the journey to school, and we want to limit any increase in traffic at school gates.

We anticipate that an element of social distancing will be required in our public spaces into the autumn and winter. To provide alternatives to taking the bus in these uncertain times, ebike hire stations are being progressed for each of our towns. Details will follow as options are explored.

Additionally, temporary 20mph areas will be created for most towns and villages in East Lothian in order to:

  • Allow more flexible use of our town centres to allow us to respond to requests for the alternative use of public space
  • Make it easier to cross the road if necessary to maintain social distances
  • Support walking and cycling to school

All changes are temporary and will be kept under review.

Read about our approach to the Spaces for People programme


Musselburgh

In July we propose to

  • Remove parking on the north side of the High Street in three areas to create protected space for queuing and social distancing at locations where issues have been identified.
  • Subject to ongoing consultation response:
    • Close the southern section of Shorthope Street to vehicular traffic.  This will provide greater space for the increased numbers of pedestrians and cyclists using Shorthope Street and reduce the gathering of pedestrians on High Street waiting to cross the side road.
    • The north end of Shorthope Street would be made two way to provide access to properties.
    • Access to the Shorthope Street car park would be via Millhill.
  • Re-time pedestrian crossing signals on High Street.

Parking spaces removed = 9

The vast majority of car parking spaces in Musselburgh town centre will continue to be available for use.

Further proposals for August:

  • Introduce town-wide 20mph limits with gateway features and additional traffic calming measures. This will
    • Allow more flexible use of our town centres to allow us to respond to requests for the use of public space
    • Make it easier to cross the road if necessary to maintain social distances
    • Support walking and cycling to school
  • Investigate with Scottish Power, owners of the electric bridge, to open the bridge for non-motorised vehicles
  • Dedicate one carriageway of the Loan, Wallyford, to shared use walking and cycling to Wallyford Primary School.
  • Further enhancements to walking and cycling routes to schools.

View the plans for Musselburgh town centre Please note that these are still under development. You can comment at [email protected]


Haddington

In July we propose to

  • On the north side of High Street (between Broad Wynd and towards the old George Hotel), where the road is wide, move parking spaces into the carriageway. This will retain 34 parking spaces whilst widening the pavement area
  • On the south side of the High Street, widen the pavement at both the eastern and western ends. Parking for 19 cars will be retained (including spaces for disabled users)
  • Alter pedestrian crossings to minimise wait time for pedestrians

Parking spaces removed = 4

The vast majority of car parking spaces in Haddington town centre will continue to be available for use, with additional spaces currently available at John Muir House while many council staff continue to work remotely

Further proposals for August:

  • Introduce town-wide 20mph limits with gateway features and additional traffic calming measures. This will
    • Allow more flexible use of our town centres to allow us to respond to requests for the use of public space
    • Make it easier to cross the road if necessary to maintain social distances
    • Support walking and cycling to school
  • Re-configure Station Court/Hope Park junction to create more space for pedestrians
  • Hardgate (between Victoria Terrace & Church Street) to become one-way to provide more pedestrian space
  • Re-configure Hardgate/Victoria Terrace signals to create more space for pedestrians
  • Close Tynebank Road to through traffic to facilitate walking to school
  • Further potential modifications of Market Street and Court Street if necessary to increase pedestrian space, as the town gets busier. This would result in the relocation of a further 14 parking spaces

Proposals for late autumn

  • Install public ebike hire station for 8 bikes in town centre

View the plans for Haddington town centre Please note that these are still under development. You can comment at [email protected] 

View the plans for Court Street, Haddington Please note that these are still under development. You can comment at [email protected]


Tranent

In July we propose to

  • Remove a few parking spaces by congested footways on Bridge Street and High Street to create space for social distancing and queuing.
  • Parking restrictions (up to 90 minutes) on New Street and Loch Road to increase turnover and ensure opportunities for visitors to the High Street to park.
  • Parking restrictions (up to 90 minutes) on Winton Place.
  • Re-time pedestrian crossing signals on High Street.

Parking spaces removed = 3

The vast majority of car parking spaces in Tranent town centre will continue to be available for use.

Further proposals for August:

  • Introduce town-wide 20mph limits with gateway features and additional traffic calming measures. This will:
    • Allow more flexible use of our town centres to allow us to respond to requests for the use of public space.
    • Make it easier to cross the road if necessary to maintain social distances
    • Support walking and cycling to school.
  • Enhancements to walking and cycling routes to schools.

In late autumn we propose to install e-bike hire at Civic Square.

View the plans for Tranent Bridge Street and High Street 

View the plans for Tranent Winton Place These plans have now been finalised following engagement with key local stakeholders including the community council,  area partnership and local councillors. They will be monitored and modifications may be made if considered necessary.


Prestonpans

In July we propose to:

  • On the southeast side of the High Street outside No. 163 the Filling Station sandwich shop, the pavement will be widened and parking suspended for around 4 cars (the existing disabled parking bay will be retained).

Further proposals for August:

Temporary Prestonpans to Cockenzie & Port Seton Cycle Route

  • Introduction of a 3.0m wide hard surfaced temporary cycle route adjacent to the northwestern side of Edinburgh Road between Prestonpans and Cockenzie & Port Seton.
  • Introduction of a temporary 30mph speed limit for Edinburgh Road between Prestonpans and Cockenzie & Port Seton with regular traffic calming measures along the route.

This facility will:

  • Encourage cycling and walking for leisure;
  • Encourage cycling and walking to school, for general purpose trips / commuting as an alternative to the private car.
  • Introduce town-wide 20mph limits in Prestonpans and Cockenzie & Port Seton with gateway features and additional traffic calming measures. This will
    • Allow more flexible use of our town centres to allow us to respond to requests for the use of public space
    • Make it easier to cross the road if necessary to maintain social distances
    • Support walking and cycling to school

Proposals for late autumn

Install public ebike hire station for 8 bikes at each of:

  • Prestonpans Community Centre
  • Prestonpans High Street
  • Cockenzie Edinburgh Road/East Lorimer Place

View the plans for Prestonpans town centre Please note that these are still under development. You can comment at [email protected] 


Dunbar

In July we propose to:

  • Move bus stop into the carriageway at the Post Office sorting office to create space for queuing in the bus bay. 

Parking spaces created = 2

Further proposals for August:

  • Enhanced cycle routes to schools and for commuting still under consideration

View the plans for Dunbar town centre These plans have now been finalised following engagement with key local stakeholders including the community council,  area partnership and local councillors. They will be monitored and modifications may be made if considered necessary.


North Berwick

In July we propose to:

  • Modify East High Street to provide space for pedestrians
  • Provide wider pedestrian access on central and west High Street

Parking spaces removed = 20

Further proposals for August:

  • Enhanced cycle routes to schools and for commuting still under consideration

View the plans for North Berwick town centre