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  1. gembo
    Member

    Took circuitous route home tonight. Stockbridge, west end, roseburn. At jenners suppository I took the new tram path to the Stenhouse path, lovely new Tarmac.

    At Heriot watt also enjoyed both the new bits of Tarmac.

    Was too dark for kingfishers and did not see any this morning. But tarmactastic

    Posted 4 years ago #
  2. wingpig
    Member

    Newhaven roundabout also looking freshishly laid. Unfortunately Smokey Brae roundabout already pitted and cratered after barely a month.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  3. crowriver
    Member

    I can recommend NCN Route 76, East Linton to Haddington. The minor road (Brae Heads Loan) that passes under the A1 flyover and follows the Tyne has been resurfaced and makes for a beautiful smooth run. Also deserted, at least yesterday I did not see any vehicles or another human until within a mile of Haddington, even on the road through Stevenson Wood.

    I had planned to bash down the A199 but it was bally windy. Route 76 is well sheltered by hedgerows and trees, if rather more circuitous. Oh and did I mention the lack of traffic?

    Posted 4 years ago #
  4. neddie
    Member

    Apparently, the Balgreen to Pinkhill path / dirt track will be getting new Tarmac in March...

    Noticed they've starting putting up some nice blue cycling direction signs too.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  5. ARobComp
    Member

    Noticed yesterday evening that there is new tarmac on the musselburgh - prestonpans road. I was pretty delighted about this I must say!

    Posted 4 years ago #
  6. Stickman
    Member

    "Apparently, the Balgreen to Pinkhill path / dirt track will be getting new Tarmac in March...
    "

    Is that the upper part above the golf course? That will actually be pretty handy - joined up infrastructure!

    They are also resurfacing Corstorphine Road at the moment. I wonder how long it will stand up to the battering from all of the buses. I'm not holding out much hope.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  7. Stickman
    Member

    I took the Pinkhill path on my way home tonight and noticed some new poles had been put in, although the signs haven't been installed yet (at either end of Traquair Alley and also where the path splits in two).

    There are also some spray paint markings on the path at the end of Balgreen Avenue which I'm hoping are to indicate where some dropped kerbs are to be installed. That would be a small but welcome improvement.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  8. HankChief
    Member

    Speaking of the Pinkhill path, I've been on at the council about the piles of chipped wood and grass cutting that are beside the path behind the clubhouse.

    The West Task Force are on the case to find out who has been dumping it and to get them to move it.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  9. kaputnik
    Moderator

    Henderson Terrace at the Diggers has been done too I think

    Posted 4 years ago #
  10. fimm
    Member

    They're doing the footpath at Henderson Terrace. Sign at the bottom about crossing out of use cross with care which I keep failing to photograph for SRD.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  11. fimm
    Member

    Correction - the sign says "Footpath closed, please cross with care" (or words to that effect) - nothing about the crossing.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  12. PS
    Member

    OT a wee bit, but they're re-laying Thistle Street, which removes one of the closest things we have to Paris-Roubaix in Edinburgh. They appear to be putting a layer of tarmac down first, then I presume they'll lay the setts on top of that. Is this a new technique?

    First impressions of the new (paved rather than tarmac) pavement is that it may just be an inch or two wider than the old one.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  13. kaputnik
    Moderator

    Castlehill being re-laid also. Wandered up last night over-optimistically hoping to see something in the "dark" patch of sky over the esplanade, only to find the castle lit up like a boudoir and Historic Scotland had deployed much temporary lighting for their makeshift car park up there which someone had forgotten to turn off.

    Looks like all the setts have been lifted, cleaned and re-laid on a bed of what looks like concrete.

    Scottish Widows building also a major photon criminal.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  14. cb
    Member

    @fimm, I thought it said something like "Cross here when safe to do so". I thought there was something about being safe anyway.
    Good luck with that pedestrians.

    There is a temporary crossing on the Glasgow Road just west of Murrayfield Road (presumably because the crossing on that bit of road is out of action).

    Interestingly they have placed all the gubbins in the bus lane on either side of the road, rather than taking up the pavement. I think there is still space to squeeze past on a bike in what is left of the bus lane.

    In other resurfacing news, they are still working away at that 100m section of pavement in Whitehouse Loan. I just hope they're not doing a rush job.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  15. wingpig
    Member

    The High Street/Bridges intersection's nice flat setts were stuck on top of concrete and they're still OK a few years' heavy traffic later. Whatever they did with the Jeffrey/St Mary's/Canongate junction was massively inferior. The relaid section of the Lawnmarket slumped almost as soon as it was reopened. The most surprisingly pleasant-to-travel-over setts I've noticed recently have been those on Salamander Place, which are barely bumpier than a decent hard-packed earth path.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  16. chdot
    Admin

    "The relaid section of the Lawnmarket slumped almost as soon as it was reopened."

    Yeah months (and months) of (expensive) fun re-laying the Royal Mile junctions.

    A lot of hi-tec epoxy used!

    (Only works if setts laid on solid/stable base.)

    Posted 4 years ago #
  17. kaputnik
    Moderator

    I hope Historic Scotland are being sent the bill for Castlehill - I'd wager all the tourist coaches they send up to the Esplanade that do most of the damage. No bikes allowed, of course.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  18. neddie
    Member

    I imagine the setts on Warrender Park Rd will be a mess after all those tipper lorries building the new Gillespies have given them a good hammering.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  19. Stickman
    Member

    Apparently, the Balgreen to Pinkhill path / dirt track will be getting new Tarmac in March...

    Noticed they've starting putting up some nice blue cycling direction signs too.

    Nice blue cycling direction signs now in place all along the Pinkhill path!

    Posted 4 years ago #
  20. Stickman
    Member

    Double post removed

    Posted 4 years ago #
  21. neddie
    Member

    Looks like tarmacking work is starting on the Balgreen - Pinkhill path. Path now closed. Dumper truck & workmen present. They thought it would take around 3 weeks.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  22. kaputnik
    Moderator

    New tarmac now down. Edges still need sealed and other such finishing works but someone cycled through from the Balgreen direction as I took a photo earlier today.

    Also, the very constricting chicane at the far (Corstorphine / Paddockholm) end has been widened and a workman looked as if he was dropping the kerb here too.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  23. Murun Buchstansangur
    Member

    Balgreen-Pinkhill path seemed to be open as I passed by earlier.

    New tarmac (to me): Most of Murrayburn Road, lovely smooth surface now to replace the rutted mess that was there before.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  24. Stickman
    Member

    Balgreen to Pinkhill is lovely - so smooth. Not quite finished and it looks like lighting is still to go in, but it is great. I wonder if anyone has recorded a strava time on it - I'm no racer but it would be very tempting!

    If only they'd had the vision to put a similar width of tarmac beside the whole length of the tram route.......

    Posted 4 years ago #
  25. cb
    Member

    "Also, the very constricting chicane at the far (Corstorphine / Paddockholm) end has been widened and a workman looked as if he was dropping the kerb here too. "

    That's brill. Was always a bit of a pain that bit.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  26. kaputnik
    Moderator

    Confirm the well-dropped kerb at Paddockholm. Chicane much easier to navigate and is also swapped in direction of negotiation which makes it further easier given the way the path bends.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  27. HankChief
    Member

    Here's a picture of the lovely new tarmac on the Pinkhill Railway.

    Pinkhill Railway

    And the tandem friendly chicane at Paddockholm

    Paddockholm chicane

    Bravo CEC... More please...

    Posted 4 years ago #
  28. SRD
    Moderator

    Ooh. We'll have to go check it out. I think I missed the chicane when navigating out to the tram depot and got hopeless turned around in a nasty housing estate that clearly did not want cyclists. One of the first times I really wished I'd had a helmet cam.

    Posted 4 years ago #
  29. Stickman
    Member

    Praise be!

    The electronic sign on Wester Coates said that resurfacing work starts on Sunday!

    Posted 4 years ago #
  30. kaputnik
    Moderator

    Bravo CEC... More please...

    Have they filled and sealed the holes where the barrier used to be? Last time I went this way it had been filled with sand, which had washed out, leaving 3 not insignificant holes in the path.

    Posted 4 years ago #

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