Musselburgh residents and businesses encouraged to give their views

A public consultation opens on Monday 24 May to consider a range of proposals for active travel in and around Musselburgh. The proposals have evolved from the Musselburgh Active Travel Network Masterplan which was produced in 2018. This identified six key active travel routes aimed at encouraging more people to walk, wheel and cycle in and around Musselburgh. The Masterplan, which resulted from previous consultation, received a high level of support and further local connectors to the key routes have now been added to provide a complete network.

The consultation will focus on outline design options for three key routes which run west to east north of the town centre and south to north from the new developments near Queen Margaret University and along the River Esk.

  • Route 1 west – Milton Road East to New Street;
  • Route 2 – A199 to Wallyford Roundabout, via New Street and Linkfield Road; and
  • Route 5 – Old Craighall to Goose Green.

Environment spokesperson, Cllr Norman Hampshire, said: “Due to current Covid restrictions the initial consultation will be online and a specific project website has been created which can be accessed at the following link: (following launch of consultation).

"We will also hold online discussions with stakeholders and community groups who the project team will contact over the next few weeks. We hope to hold a number of events to engage with businesses, residents, community groups, and schools as restrictions start to ease.”

“During periods of ‘lockdown’ we know that many people have taken the opportunity to use methods of active travel more with an increase in people choosing to walk or cycle more. From informal discussions it appears that many local residents want to be able to continue to do so but in safer environments which we hope these key routes will provide.”

“I would encourage people who live or work in Musselburgh to take the time to consider these proposals and to provide feedback that will help us shape the next stage. We are looking to improve the streets and adjacent spaces sustainably for local people and businesses, visitors, and for people who work and study in the area and want ensure that the proposals make the best use of the street space to cater for all activities and for all users.”


Published: Tuesday, 18th May 2021