Roseburn to Union Canal Active Travel Project – Enabling Works Notification

Image credit: Roseburn to Union Canal Link

We received the following enabling works notification for the Roseburn to Union Canal Active Travel Route through Dalry from the City of Edinburgh Council on January 7th 2021. Residents can contact with any questions or comments.

These are programmed as follows

I am writing to inform you about some works that are proposed to take place in the surrounding area as part of the Roseburn to Union Canal active travel and greenspace improvements project. This is an exciting multi-million pound scheme that will transform the quality of walking and cycling connections from the Roseburn path to the Telfer subway and onwards to Fountainbridge and the Union Canal. A key outcome of the project will be to provide better access to greenspace, with improved public open space for the local community, alongside those using the active travel route as part of a longer journey.

On 6 August 2020 the Council’s Policy and Sustainability Committee approved the undertaking of further work, including a package of enabling works comprising of site clearance, ground investigation and excavations to locate existing underground services.  These works are necessary to complete the design of the proposals and to procure delivery. Since then, work has progressed to finalise the design and to submit a planning application, which is scheduled to be considered by the Planning Committee on 17 February 2021.

Works to commence on 11th January 2021

Works will commence on-site on the package of enabling works on 11 January 2021 and this is due to be completed by early April 2021.  These works are being undertaken by Balfour Beatty to validate the design and to establish ground conditions. The project is essentially divided into three separate sections – Sauchiebank, Duff Street and Dalry Park and the proposed enabling works will be undertaken across all of these.

The works require the felling of 61 trees to gain access to the areas to be investigated.  The outcomes of the ground investigation works, which include trial pits and boreholes to establish soil conditions and properties, are expected to be available by mid-April 2021.  Investigations will also be undertaken to establish whether there are any ground contamination issues.

Further trial pits are being undertaken to confirm the locations and depths of underground utilities apparatus and to identify any potential issues that may arise from this.  The removal of Japanese Knotweed, identified previously, will be undertaken later as part of the main works.

Traffic Management

There will require to be a degree of temporary traffic management to facilitate the Contractor’s site accommodation, general access to the site and trial pit excavations to pavements.

Russell Road 11/01/21 – 01/04/21
West Approach Road 14/01/21- 26/02/21
Dalry Road 08/02/21- 29/03/21

The project programme is being constantly reviewed to reflect progress on these issues.  At present the high level programme for delivery stipulates that the main works will commence in mid-October 2021 and will be completed in mid October 2022 subject to planning approval.

Keeping you informed

As a result of the significant public interest in this project we consider it to be important to keep the local community informed of any developments and key milestones in the delivery of this project hence this notification of the intended commencement of the enabling works package. Please look out for further updates on the Council’s social media feeds.

I hope that this correspondence fully updates you on the proposals. If you wish to discuss this further then please do not hesitate to contact me by emailing

Yours faithfully

Barry Clarke
Senior Project Manager
City of Edinburgh Council Road Safety and Active Travel

As always, residents can send us their views about this route by emailing us

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