Celebrating the Gilmerton to Roslin route
A family-friendly route
The 4.9-mile long Gilmerton to Roslin route known as Route 61, crosses the City Bypass, providing an attractive, family-friendly link between two local authority areas.
Joint funding with bodies including Midlothian Council
Funded jointly by Midlothian Council, the City of Edinburgh Council, Sustrans Scotland and Transport Scotland, Route 61 has proved popular with commuters, recreational users and dog walkers since it was completed in December 2015.
One of our neighbouring authority's QuietRoutes
Route 61 forms part of Edinburgh's QuietRoutes, a network of cycle routes for younger, new or less confident cyclists.
It consists of a new tarmac path along a former rail line from the existing Roslin cycle path to Lasswade Road, with a widened shared footway/cycleway alongside Lasswade Road, which has been reduced to a 40mph speed limit. There is route direction signage at frequent intervals.
See Rosslyn Chapel en route
Highlights along the way include Rosslyn Chapel, Rosslyn glen and the Bilston Glen viaduct.
Safe way to get to Straiton Retail Park
The route offers safer and more attractive cycling and walking access to leisure, retail, and business destinations including the City of Edinburgh, Straiton Pond, Straiton Retail Park, Edgefield and Bilston Industrial Estates.
Great commuter opportunities too
It also provides new recreational, utility and commuter opportunities for people in communities along the route (including Burdiehouse. Liberton, Gilmerton, Danderhall, Loanhead, Straiton, Roslin and The Bush).
Councillor praises cross council work
Councillor Derek Rosie, Midlothian Council’s cabinet member for commercial services, said:
“This project to construct a cycleway on the former railway line between the Edinburgh City Bypass and Lasswade Road in order to connect the two council areas, is a great example of cross-boundary cooperation. Midlothian Council with the assistance of funding partners constructed the initial 3.8 kilometre cycleway between Edinburgh’s boundary at the City Bypass and Roslin Institute over several years at a cost of approximately £700,000.
"The route is off road, tarred, has street lighting and is ideal for families and less confident cyclists. In the longer term it is hoped the route can be extended to Penicuik, Gilmerton and Shawfair and will form part of Edinburgh and Midlothian’s future cycle networks connecting to local communities, local amenities and economic sites.”
- Map of Route 61 from Gilmerton to Loanhead Map of Route 61 from Gilmerton to Loanhead
- Map of Route 61 from Loanhead to Roslin Map of Route 61 from Loanhead to Roslin
Senior consultant engineer at Midlothian, Dave Kenny on left is pictured with Midlothian's road services manager, Neil Dougall, on the right with a cyclist enjoying the route in the middle.
IT technician James Hatfield uses the path every day to cycle from his Auchendinny home to the Standard Life offices at Lothian Road. He said: “I use the path regularly for my commute and it has been a game changer being able to avoid Straiton and the ring road junctions.”
Iain Twaddle, a qualified Trail Cycle Leader who lives at The Murrays, said: “I’ve used the new route and I think it’s an excellent addition to the cycle network in this area. My wife enjoyed her first outing on her new bike last week cycling out to Roslin and beyond.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
Funding for the Gilmerton to Roslin route came from City of Edinburgh Council (£784,000), Midlothian Council (c. £700,000) and Sustrans Scotland (£407,000).