Speeding traffic angers walkers and cyclists

Traffic in Holyrood Park. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Traffic in Holyrood Park. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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IT is an idyllic stretch of parkland in the heart of the city which plays a major role in making Edinburgh such a unique place.

So when the nation’s heritage body praised it on Twitter, it seemed like something no-one could complain about.

But Historic Scotland’s hailing of Holyrood Park as “one of the best commutes ever” for walkers didn’t go down well with the Twitterati.

Many of them were quick to protest about speeding traffic in the park and calls were made for better policing of the 20mph limit with a ban on commercial vehicles in Queen’s Drive. Some branded the stretch “a motorway” and said too many cars were using the road as a rat-run to avoid congestion in the city centre.

And pleas are now being made for police officers to more strictly ticket drivers in the park to ensure they stick to the rules.

Malcolm Windsor, the chairman of Duddingston Conservation Society, said: “The area isn’t being treated as a park, but as a large traffic roundabout and it’s not being managed properly.

“Has anyone ever been caught speeding? Probably not, because no-one is there to police it.

“Measures need to be introduced to reduce the speed of the traffic, such as cameras.”

Alex Robertson, a cycling campaigner from the city, added: “It’s frustrating that no-one sticks to the speed limit – especially at the stretch of road by the loch at Holyrood Palace.

“If rules already in place, were enforced there wouldn’t be a problem.”

Despite the negative comments, Stefan Tymkewycz, a local councillor, said: “Holyrood park is a peaceful area, I use it myself.

“I wouldn’t say traffic is a big issue and there’s plenty of room to avoid walking along the road. There’s a small majority of drivers who exceed the limit.”

A Historic Scotland spokesman said: “Following a recent post from our social media account making reference to commuting within the Holyrood Park area, we received a number of comments from our followers.

“While we always welcome comments from the public and those who use the park including pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and visitors, traffic management plans are in place and we will continue working with the city council and Police Scotland to review and reinforce these measures.”