Road closure between Portobello and Joppa

Thursday November 12th 2020

Brunstane-Road-Portobello-Joppa

Brunstane Road that runs between Portobello and Joppa

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Joseph Anderson

Edinburgh City Council is set to close another through-road as part of a traffic management scheme in the capital, despite strong opposition from residents.

Using an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO), which allows the council to implement temporary traffic schemes before acquiring community feedback, council planners are set to close Brunstane Road, between Portobello and Joppa, and introduce a traffic management scheme for the Coillesdene area.

The minimum length of time for an ETRO is nine months, and can be in place for up to 18 months before permanent decisions are made.

An update, given to councillors sitting on the council’s transport committee on Thursday November 12, reads: “Residents on Brunstane Road, between Milton Road and the railway bridge, have experienced long-standing traffic problems due to a combination of the narrow width of the road, increasing volumes of traffic and the general increase in the physical size of vehicles.

“This has resulted in numerous instances of traffic congestion, anti-social behaviour by drivers and conflict with residents whose cars have frequently been damaged.

“Local councillors have asked that officers review resident concerns and consider a solution to mitigate the problem.

“This is proposed through the implementation of infrastructure to create a quiet neighbourhood within the Joppa triangle.”

The report states that following the closure of Brighton Place for road works last year, residents contacted the council complaining about the increased traffic on Brunstane Road.

The council consequently closed Brunstane Road in February 2019 to motorised vehicles, until December 2019 when the Brighton Place reopened.

The report continues: “During this period, residents reported a significant improvement in quality of life on this section of Brunstane Road as a result of the reduced level of traffic.

“However, during the closure of Brunstane Road, complaints were received from residents in the Coillesdene area citing an increase in traffic due to displaced traffic from Brunstane Road.

“Since Brunstane Road reopened a number of local residents have continued to contact the council requesting a permanent closure to be introduced.

“However, it is recognised that any such closure would have an impact on traffic in the Coillesdene area and have looked at mitigation measures within that area as part of any proposal to close Brunstane Road to through traffic.”

The preferred option of council officers is to close Brunstane Road at the railway bridge, and to introduce various schemes in the Coillesdene area, “with the aim of creating a quiet neighbourhood where unnecessary through traffic is discouraged.”

Previous consultation on the topic has shown that residents are broadly against closing Brunstane Road.

A consultation with the wider community, undertaken by Portobello Community Council in March 2020, showed that of 441 responses, 18% were in support of the proposal to close Brunstane Road, with 80% against it.

The report continues:

“Whilst some informal consultation with local residents had been held prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, it is now planned to undertake wider consultation through the council’s Consultation Hub in late 2020, with the intention of formally reporting to the transport and environment committee in January 2021.”

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