Little France Park Active Travel Route

Little France Park Active Travel Route

LFGNP supported The Edinburgh & Lothian Greenspace Trust (ELGT) in securing Sustrans Community Links funding for phase 1 of the Little France active travel route, part of a larger parkland project at Little France Park.

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LFGNP supported the Edinburgh & Lothian Greenspace Trust (ELGT) in securing Sustrans Community Links funding for phase 1 of the Little France active travel route, part of a larger parkland project at Little France Park. Phase 1 was delivered in 2016 by the ELGT in collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council and the EDI-Group.

Active Travel Route

Transport Scotland through its Sustrans Community Links Fund, awarded ELGT £300,000 to design and implement a high quality walking and cycling route across the park. Match funding was received from EDI Group and City of Edinburgh Council.  The aim was to:

  • Introduce links to encourage the use of the area for informal sports and events
  • Connect and realign disjointed existing paths.
  • Formalise existing paths and cycleways in order to link with: housing developments, Craigmillar, a new cycling facility proposed adjacent to the Jack Kane Centre, employment prospects at the Royal Infirmary and the Edinburgh BioQuarter medical facilities and the existing school

    photo: ELGT

The development took place in 2016 and was delivered by ELGT. The route is an integral part of the developing Little France Park forming the main access spine through the site. Plans are ongoing for phase 2 and once complete, the route will connect two significant ridgelines Edmonstone Ridge and Craigmillar Castle. The route will take advantage of the significant views looking North and North West including Arthur’s Seat, Craigmillar Castle and Firth of Forth.

Locally, it will link key character areas within the Park from the woodland planting on Edmonstone Ridge where there are open views, woodland walks and an open parkland landscape, through the low point of the site where the Niddrie Burn and associated flood alleviation areas are the dominant features, to the informal recreation areas with grassland meadow to the north. This active travel route will be a key strategic cross boundary route linking into Midlothian and the Shawfair developments.

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For further information about this project please contact LFGNP at info@lfgnp.org.uk

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