Proposed sustainable travel masterplan for Musselburgh
Earlier this year project work started on gathering information and proposals for a Sustainable Travel Masterplan for Musselburgh to support transportation pressures from new and planned developments in and around the town. The project considered how best to integrate new infrastructure into existing road, cycle and core paths networks in Musselburgh and surrounding area including neighbouring Midlothian and Edinburgh council wards.
It also carefully considers the rapid expansion of the town and surrounding areas with new and planned housing developments, new schools and business units. Cllr Norman Hampshire
The Masterplan proposes a safe and accessible network of key routes for people walking and cycling into and through Musselburgh. The aim is to create high quality routes separate from busy traffic and provide people with a practical choice for walking and cycling for everyday journeys with less reliance on the private car. The Masterplan will be on display at The Brunton on Thursday 3 May from 4-8pm.
Cllr Norman Hampshire, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This study is an important initiative that considers the current problems experienced in Musselburgh when trying to travel through the town whether by residents, businesses or visitors. It also carefully considers the rapid expansion of the town and surrounding areas with new and planned housing developments, new schools and business units.
“For many people the opportunities to walk or cycle to their workplace or school are limited because of real or perceived safety concerns. The dominance of motor vehicles in urban areas over the past 20-30 years can be reversed and lead to a more mixed environment where people of all ages can enjoy using sustainable means of transport in a safer and planned manner. I would encourage local residents and businesses to come along to look at the Masterplan on display at the Brunton which shares the current views and aspirations of people in the Musselburgh area. I would also like to emphasise that these are proposals only at this stage and further work will be carried out on this subject tying in with other council initiatives including the Local Development Plan and draft Local Transport Strategy.”
Cllr Gordon Edgar, Chair of SEStran added: “SEStran welcomes and supports East Lothian Council’s commitment to develop and deliver a sustainable travel masterplan for Musselburgh. In order to make places safer, more liveable and accessible for all we need to focus on moving people and not cars. Public consultation and community engagement is vital to ensure the infrastructure meets the needs of everyday users.”
The £80,000 project has been jointly funded by East Lothian Council and SESTran regional transport partnership.