I thought that you might be interested in the two e-mails below from Graeme Paget of the Council's Department of City Development. The first was sent on 13th June 2003.
Councillor Lawrence Marshall
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I can offer the following information on these matters :-
This Department's Cycle Team will be reviewing the signing for the cycle route on Fishwives Causeway and will instagate improvements where necessary.
The re-design of the road junction (which may or may nor include the removal of the roundabout) will be carried out as part of a 3 year programme for The Quality Bus Corridor Project. There are no detailed designs available as yet since the project only got underway in April 2003. I believe however, that this junction may be one of the first to be constructed within the overall project.
The vegetation on the roundabout has been fairly well maintained over the last 18months as part of a combined effort between Network Services and Environmental Services' Local Area Task Force. There are no statistics to indicate that the foliage creates a road safety issue, therefore it is not proposaed that this be cut back further at this time. If there are any particular locations that raise concerns for cyclists with regards to foliage, please do contact me to discuss this further.
I am sure that the new road layout proposed for this location will offer cyclists greater priorities through the junction. As described above though, details of this do not exist yet.
Finally, I am aware that a speed camera is proposed for Sir Harry Lauder Road and this is due to be installed this year.
If you would like to discuss any of the above issues further, please contact me and I will direct you to the appropriate section of our the Department.
Network Services - North Area
... and the following of the 8th of July 2003:
I refer to you phone call earlier today regarding the above. Having attended the fatal accident enquiry held on 13 June 2003, I can inform you that the The City of Edinburgh Council are to investigate the possibility of :-
1. The introduction of spiral markings on the roundabout in conjunction with more destination names to be painted on the road surface.
2. Introduction of "Get in Lane For " Signs on the approach to the roundabout.
3. Look at the alternative route, already in place for pedal cyclists, (High Street, Fishwives Causeway) to see if it is still suitable for cyclists in relation to ligthing and personal safety.
Plans are presently being drawn up by CEC for the introduction of a Quality Bus Corridor in the area which may see the roundabout being removed and the junction being redesigned with the introduction of traffic signals.
I hope this is of assistance.
City Development Department
Network Services - North