Traffic-free Porty to Leith route is opened

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A NEW traffic-free route connecting the Shore in Leith with Portobello Promenade has been officially opened.

The route also links into the Restalrig Railway Path, which serves Leith Academy.

Most of the route follows paths and includes a new ramp and bridge across Seafield Place as well as an upgrade of the former railway path leading to a new access point at Seafield Street.

The project, which includes signage, landscaping and lighting, cost a total of £1.1 million. Of this, £446,000 was contributed by Sustrans Scotland on behalf of Transport Scotland and a further £50,000 was supplied by the Binks Trust.

City transport and environment leader Councillor Lesley Hinds said: “We’re very grateful to Sustrans Scotland and the Binks Trust for their support for this project and I’m sure the path will quickly become a much-used route between 
the Shore and Portobello