Spaces for People

A7 Newtonloan Toll to City of Edinburgh boundary north of Danderhall

This proposal was not approved for funding.

In the near future, the A7 development initiative proposes the urbanisation of the A7 between Hardengreen and Gilmerton Road roundabouts. This will reallocate road space for walking and cycling.

We propose introducing temporary cycle lanes and a reduced speed limit between A7 Newtonloan Toll junction and A7 at the City of Edinburgh Boundary north of Danderhall.

We are planning on cycle lanes and speed restrictions on the A7 to support safe, enjoyable and socially distant cycling. Our temporary solution would be to paint 2 metre cycle lanes and reduce the 60 mph speed limit to 40mph. 

Our plans per road section are:

  • Sheriffhall Roundabout to Gilmerton Road Roundabout: 2 metre cycle lanes and a 40mph speed limit restriction through this 0.5 km long section. Road markings and signs (e.g. 40 mph roundels, cycle logos) will be used.
  • Gilmerton Road Roundabout to Melville Dykes Road Roundabout: 2 metre cycle lanes and a 40mph speed limit restriction through this 0.8 km long section. Road markings and signs (e.g. 40 mph roundels, cycle logos) will be used.
  • Melville Dykes Road Roundabout to Eskbank Road Roundabout: 2 metre cycle lanes and a 40mph speed limit restriction through this 0.75 km long section. Road markings and signs (e.g. 40 mph roundels, cycle logos) will be used.
  • Eskbank Road Roundabout to Hardengreen Roundabout: 2 metre cycle lanes and a 40mph speed limit restriction through this 0.8 km long section. Road markings and signs (e.g. 40 mph roundels, cycle logos) will be used.
  • Hardengreen Roundabout to Newtonloan Toll traffic signals: 1.5 metre cycle lanes through this 2.6 km long section. Road markings and signs (e.g. 40 mph roundels, cycle logos) will be used.(No speed limit change required)
  • Sheriffhall Roundabout to Danderhall: 2 metre cycle lanes and a 40mph speed limit restriction through this 2.2 km long section. Road markings and signs (e.g. 40 mph roundels, cycle logos) will be used.

The project would create a safer cycling space for the users of the busy A7. With the reduced speed limits and the clearly marked cycle lanes we expect more cyclists to use this road for essential journeys, reducing their journey times by creating a direct cycle route through the main road. This project would support cyclists from Bonnyrigg, Eskbank, Newtongrange and Gorebridge communities.

The project will cost £14,748.