Anybody who has tried using the nightmare crossing where the Trinity path comes to an abrupt end (before it starts again on the other side of a blind s-bend junction with no crossing facilities) will be glad that a five-month engineering project is underway which will, in part, deliver a dedicated crossing for cyclists and pedestrians.
The current layout of the road is the relic of the old railway line which was built up on an embankment linking onwards to Granton Harbour. The road had to make an acute s-bend to get under the bridge, and although the railway line and embankment were removed in the late 1980s, the road layout has remained the same – despite repeated council promises to realign the entire Lower Granton Road away from the houses on the southern side of the street. There is more about the Trinity bridge on Edinphoto.org.uk
The s-bend meant single-file traffic with consequent tailbacks for cars, sometimes up to half a mile, and there was no dedicated or even safe way of getting across from the Trinity path to the path along McKelvie parade on the other side. Originally, this was also to be the site of a new tram stop until the tram network was curtailed, with this section of the route being the first to be axed.
The current roadworks will partially straighten out the bend to allow two-way traffic at the lights and will include a cul-de-sac for parking and access to the first ten or so doors of Lower Granton Road, with a cut through for cyclists.
The plans aim to join the Trinity path to the McKelvie Parade path via a designated crossing, and to let cyclists leave and join either path from the road to by pass the traffic lights altogether. The local residents association were heavily involved in the design of this junction and contributed some vital improvements for cyclists to the original design.
Take a close look at the plan (where the Trinity path has been helpfully coloured in blue at a primary school level) and check out the various options for cyclists using this junction – there are lots!
With any luck, this will be fill another missing link in the path network.