Powderhall Railway Path update October 2019

CEC have managed to secure Sustrans funding to progress a feasibility study to look into developing the disused railway solum into an active travel corridor.

CEC are currently completing the procurement process in order to appoint a consultant to undertake the feasibility study and get some real forward traction on the project.  Following the appointment of the consultant we will be keen to set up a stakeholder workshop to capture your thoughts during the earliest stages of project development, which will hopefully be in the near future.  I will be in touch once the consultant is on board to arrange a date/time that suits for the workshop.  Please feel free to pass on this good news to other interested parties.

Brendan Forrester will be leading on this project from the council’s perspective going forward, so please feel free to get in touch to discuss this further as required.

CEC are currently working through the procurement process and are aiming to have a consultant on board by at the beginning of January 2020.  As soon as we have appointed a consultant we will be looking to set up a stakeholder workshop, which I would anticipate being towards the middle or end of January.  Currently Sustrans have awarded CEC £32,000 to complete this feasibility stage.

Regarding the DB Cargo lease, we have re-engaged with NR and they have instructed us to complete this feasibility study, which will support the development of their business case required to enter lease negotiations with DB Cargo.  During this feasibility study we will be engaging further with NR and DB to hopefully build our confidence that the lease and land will be obtainable in the near future to realise our shared asperation for this corridor.

Brendan Forrester

Transport Officer | Active Travel | Direct Dial 0131 469 3189 | Brendan.Forrester@edinburgh.gov.uk