As we come out of lockdown, we are looking at a number of temporary transport-related measures in Prestonpans. This is in order to ensure physical distancing in streets, enhancing opportunities for walking and cycling and easing pressure at key points in the town.
Given the limitations on space, it is very important that we introduce enhanced spaces for people on foot, in wheelchairs and on bikes.
Supporting safe physical distancing for essential journeys and exercise is vital if we are to suppress COVID-19. It will also improve opportunities for walking and cycling, creating environments that foster healthy and sustainable travel habits.
Measures that have been implemented since July 2020
Introduced 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
Measures which have been agreed for implementation
- Introduction of a 3.0m wide hard surfaced temporary cycle route adjacent to the northwestern side of Edinburgh Road between Prestonpans and Cockenzie and Port Seton
- Introduction of a temporary 30mph speed limit for Edinburgh Road between Prestonpans and Cockenzie and Port Seton with regular traffic calming measures along the route
Measures which are currently under consideration
- Traffic calming measures on Preston Road
- Better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists on Station Road and route to station.
More details and the potential to comment on these can be found by viewing our Story Map.
Measures to be explored further before the end of the year
Installation of public ebike hire station for 8 bikes at each of:
- Prestonpans Rail Station
- Longniddry Rail Station
- Memorial Square, Prestonpans
- Memorial Park, Cockenzie
Measures which are not currently under consideration
- 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).