Final chance to comment on Royal Mile traffic plan

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Just hours remain to submit comment on the plans for a major shake-up of the historic Royal Mile.

The consultation period on a new action plan for the historic Old Town thoroughfare closes at midnight.

City leaders have proposed banning cars from another stretch of the Mile as part of the new blueprint, with the aim of building on the success of semi-pedestrianising the section of High Street near the City Chambers.

All traffic except buses and cycles would be banned from the High Street between Blackfriars Street and the junction with Jeffrey Street and St Mary’s Street.

Traffic restrictions are also being considered for both the Lawnmarket and Castlehill, but details have yet to be finalised.

The new measures are aimed at encouraging more tourists to visit the bottom of the Mile.

Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament only receive one third as many visitors as Edinburgh Castle.

Extending the Mile’s cobbled road surface, which runs from the castle to St Mary’s Street, down to Holyrood has also been proposed.