Traffic & Parking Consultation 25th May

In Porty Town Hall, Edinburgh Council is hold­ing a Traffic & Parking Consultation on Wednesday 25th May 7 – 9pm.

If you live on Marlborough St, Bellfield S, Regent St, Straiton Place or Bath St — you are invited to have your say about how the Council should deal with the park­ing con­ges­tion on these streets.

On a per­son­al note: We have a car and live on Marlborough Street. Here are some sug­ges­tions to help solve the traffic and park­ing prob­lems:


This street (like Bath Street) have park­ing on only one side (instead of be­ing impass­able for ped­es­tri­ans by cars park­ing on the pave­ments). This would dis­cour­age us (and maybe oth­ers?) from own­ing cars since cars in a city like Edinburgh are (for most of us) all about con­veni­ence, and not being able to park here would be migh­tily incon­veni­ent!


Instead, some of the remain­ing park­ing spaces should be con­ver­ted into covered cycle racks so that using bicycles can be made more con­veni­ent (or simply made pos­sible!) for those of us in tene­ments (and those in houses). These need not be indi­vidu­al cubicles as used on many sta­tions (which take up too much room per bike) but a covered rack where bikes can be locked up and have the worst of the rain kept off them.


Those who con­tinue to park on the street could con­trib­ute to com­munity trans­port ini­ti­at­ives through com­munity per­mits that can help pay for such cycle park­ing shel­ters and help make the city car club cheap­er for those who decide to relin­quish their cars, or for those who don’t have a car but need to use one. This could be a pop­u­lar and innov­at­ive approach and would be far more pop­u­lar, help­ful and tar­geted on help­ing solve our trans­port issues, than people pay­ing for Council park­ing per­mits.

Alongside the excel­lent bus ser­vice, per­haps this will help us to kick the car habit and make our streets safer and bet­ter places to be.

Any oth­er thoughts out there? It could be use­ful to have a range of sug­ges­tions, rather than just com­plaints, to bring to the meet­ing!

3 responses to “Traffic & Parking Consultation 25th May

  1. Mandy,

    - Yes, clear sign­post­ing of avail­able car park­ing would be great, and
     — Yes I am prob­ably being a bit hope­ful in terms of hop­ing for a rap­id reduc­tion in car use (includ­ing my own!) — one way traffic with traffic head­ing towards the Prom down Marlborough Street, and back up to the High Street up Bath Street of Regent Street (both of which have traffic lights to enable cars to get on to the High Street) prob­ably makes most sense for the moment.

  2. I missed the pub­lic meet­ing on 25th but as I work for the Council have already fed some views through col­leagues involved with the con­sulta­tion pro­cess — namely that ‑as a loc­al res­id­ent who uses the Prom on week­ends I have noticed that the car parks at Bowling Club and 5 a side and end of Kings Road — have rarely more than 10 out of estim­ated 50 plus spaces occu­pied on a Saturday morn­ing . More could be done to clearly sign­post these areas from the High Street as ‘pub­lic park­ing for sea­side’ par­tic­u­larly for drivers com­ing out of Edinburgh — as those unfa­mil­i­ar with the area are gen­er­ally past the rel­ev­ant junc­tions to these car parks before they are fully aware they are in Portobello or close to the Prom
    More effect­ive sign­post­ing could imme­di­ately reduce week­end park­ing demand around the con­ges­ted Bath St, Regent St Marlborough St and Bellfield St end of the Promenade par­tic­u­larly on sunny days when the beach is busy with wel­come vis­it­ors.

    I take your point about the one side park­ing option you sug­gest for the nar­row­er streets Justin, but with 8 flats in my stair( in Mboro st) there are still cur­rently a lot of loc­al res­id­ents requir­ing park­ing to be accom­mod­ated — even aver­aging one car per house­hold- which we must hope will reduce with oth­er incent­ives to use pub­lic transport,bikes and car club altern­at­ives
    I have also wit­nessed sev­er­al ‘road rage’ incid­ents in the Marlborough St/Bath St area with drivers unwill­ing( or pos­sibly unable…) to reverse back up a double parked nar­row street.
    I would sug­gest that bring­ing in a one way traffic rule for at least Regent and Marlborough Street is going to be needed soon to help smooth traffic flow.
    We also need to ensure there is space at all times for emer­gency vehicles, remov­al vans, super­mar­ket and oth­er deliv­er­ies — which can block nar­row­er streets unless ‘load­ing bays ‘are reserved for this pur­pose.

  3. Recent research shows that 30 per cent of car club users put off buy­ing a vehicle as a res­ult of their car club mem­ber­ship. This sup­ports the estim­ate that each car of this kind can poten­tially replace more than 20 privately-owned vehicles.

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