DOZENS of Edinburgh’s forgotten pothole-riddled residential streets are set to be resurfaced under a new system which will see them leap up the priority list.
Transport bosses are to cease concentrating their efforts on routes which carry buses at the expense of smaller city centre roads and side streets.
That means residents, some of whom have been waiting more than a decade for roads to be repaired, may soon be celebrating the long-awaited removal of potholes and cracks outside their homes.
Thoroughfares such as Clovenstone Drive in Wester Hailes and Leith’s Gibson Street – one of the shortest in the Capital – are among those first in line for a revamp, with 100 streets moving up the repair list for next year.
The city council’s transport convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said today the changes to the priority system which decides which roads are fixed and resurfaced would be discussed by councillors next week.
“We are aware that the prioritisation system for capital funding has led to less busy residential roads missing out on improvements, which is why this report recommends a fairer system to ensure that these roads do not miss out.”
Among those who will welcome the news is nursery worker Catriona Tait, 29, who said she had simply accepted having to ride her bike over cracks up to ten inches wide outside her flat on Gibson Street.
She said not a single penny had been spent on fixing the Leith street in the ten years that either she or her brother had lived there.
“It’s the forgotten street because it’s so small,” she said. “I do think we’re a bit abandoned just because the council have bigger priorities. It is a nightmare for cycling and for cars as well.
“For the residents, fixing the road would give them a sense of pride.
“When your street has not got the ‘wow’ factor, people are less likely to take care of it.”
Retiree Allan Murray, 76, meanwhile, is hoping Bryce Road in Currie may finally get the attention it deserves. The road is used by vehicles to reach nearby Heriot-Watt University, with members of the Currie Community Council having campaigned for an upgrade for the past two years.
Mr Murray said: “It’s just getting worse and worse. I try not to use that road unless I have to – it’s as bad as that. Cars are going on the wrong side of the road to try and negotiate the potholes.”
The potential roll-out of upgrades to minor roads has been welcomed by pro-cycling groups, which pointed out bike riders often preferred using streets that carried less traffic.
Ian Maxwell, from campaign body Spokes, said: “There are some very poor road surfaces. An approach like this should benefit all road users because it’s very much prioritising conditions that cause difficulties to cyclists or motorists.”
The changes to the priority system will mean a portion of funding for road repairs will now be set aside for lesser carriageways – those classed as level three or four based on traffic numbers, rather than the whole budget being targeted at main routes.
Each street is rated on drainage, surface irregularity and on what percentage of the street has deteriorated to unsafe levels.
ROADS THAT CLIMB THE PRIORITY RANKINGS
Type three: Moredun Park Road, Kingsknowe Road South, Annandale St, East London Street, Clovenstone Drive, Restalrig Road South, Constitution Street Ph1, Mountcastle Drive North, Mansfield Road, North Bughtlin Road, Greenbank Drive, Cockburn Crescent, Silverknowes Road East, Westburn Avenue, Wilkieston Road, Ferry Road Ph5, Scotstoun Avenue, Craigleith Crescent, Kingsknowe Road North, Woodhall Road, Murrayfield Road, Myreside Road, Granton Crescent Ph1, Baird Road, Old Dalkeith Road Ph4, Moredunvale Road, Ravelston Dykes, Duddingston Row, Silverknowes Road, Main Street (Ratho), Shandon Place, Marchmont Road, Morningside Drive, Whitehouse Road, West Saville Terrace @ Mayfield Road, Whitehouse Loan, Restalrig Crescent, Oswald Road, Hallcroft Park, Bingham Avenue, Craighouse Road, Baberton Mains Drive, Wester Hill, Drum Brae Drive, Whitehouse Loan, Manse Road (Kirkliston), Cliftonhall Industrial Est, Curriehill Road, Greenbank Drive, Featherhall Avenue.
Type four: Market Street/East Market Street, Gibson Street, Dean Path, Bonaly Road, New Swanston, Overton Farm Road, Muirhouse Avenue, Cammo Road, Comely Bank Street, Cockburnhill Road, Captain’s Row/Captain’s Drive, Torduff Road, Bonaly Crescent, Glengyle Terrace, Hope Lane, Long Dalmahoy Road, Rutland Square, West Pilton Bank, Kirkgate, Haughhead Road, Learmonth Gardens, Rutland Street, Hyvot Loan, Orchard Road, Parkhead Avenue, Crewe Bank, Lochend Road, Canning Street, Pittville Street Lane, Parkgrove Path, Clermiston Green, Lauriston Street, Bellevue Road, West Pilton Crossway, Harlaw Road, Ravelrig Road, Corstorphine Bank Drive, Hermitage Park, Tylers Acre Avenue, Inverleith Terrace, East Hermiston, Craigleith Hill, St Leonard’s Hill, Chalmers Street, Burdiehouse Avenue.