Edinburgh police warn of 'pedestrian safety risk' as drivers flout 'no left turn' from York Place into Broughton Street

Police have issued a warning after 'several complaints' were made about motorists illegally turning left from York Place into Broughton Street.

Monday, 7th October 2019, 2:57 pm
Police have warned drivers about the 'no left turn' from York Place into Broughton Street. Pic: Road Policing Scotland Twitter.

Signs ahead of the junction state 'no left turn to Broughton Street' and that all traffic must go straight on.

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On the same twitter thread, police stressed there is "clearly a pedestrian safety issue" when the green straight-on arrow is lit, the green man is also on in Broughton Street, "hence the potential for vehicle/pedestrian conflict."

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Some social media users have asked why there is no left turn into Broughton Street, with the council-run Edinburgh Travel News stating this is the new road layout.

Edinburgh City Council's website also shows maps of the planned layout for Picardy Place. It clearly shows that traffic moving east on York Place must go straight on and can not turn left into Broughton Street.

@lesmoloney1 wrote: "This is a regular occurrence coming out of Canning Street onto Shandwick place, no right turn, but taxi drivers and cyclists think they can all turn right."

Police are warning drivers not to turn left into Broughton Street. Pic: Road Policing Scotland/Twitter.

However @jggthe2nd said: "You must understand though that this is an absolutely ridiculous decision to have no left turn.

"Should never have been put in place and was nothing to do with pedestrian safety!"