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Roseburn Park - shared path closed (now open!)

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  • Started 1 year ago by threefromleith
  • Latest reply from stiltskin

  1. So, when did they close off the access from Roseburn Crescent?

    Been off the bike for just over a week and got a surprise this morning to find part of my usual commute route shut off. Followed the diversion and was so fixated on the plastic mats I saw that I missed the right turn back across the park on the temporary gravel surface.

    Can't imagine that lasting for long once it rains a bit and the surface is churned up by bike and peds.

    Better remember tomorrow that I need to change route and not run on auto-pilot and forget ;-)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  2. kaputnik
    Moderator

    Hard to say exactly when, but it also caught me totally out the first time I went through that way. Have been concentrating extra hard on the duck boards given how much they have deteriorated and displaced from constant driving of muddy, heavy construction machinery across them.

    I haven't been back since. I find trying to make the right turn out of the end of Riverside Crescent far less stressful than a long, narrow, bumpy gravel detour that is fenced in so people can't easily avoid eachother.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  3. I tried that right turn for about a week a few years ago and vowed never to be so daft again. Eternally waiting for a gap in the speeding traffic, followed by a terrifying sprint to get out and across the road.

    I still prefer the current temporary mess to that terror ;-)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  4. chdot
    Admin

    "

    Around 1.2km of flood defences will be built along the river at Murrayfield and Roseburn, with contractors McLaughlin and Harvey Ltd already on site.

    It comes after a review was launched into botched works during the first phase – in Stockbridge and Canonmills – which saw costs almost double to £30 million.

    Council bosses said they had “learnt lessons” from the mismanaged scheme, with the second part due to be completed in early 2018 at a cost of £25m.

    "

    http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/water-of-leith-flood-prevention-work-continues-1-4169441

    Posted 1 year ago #
  5. steveo
    Member

    I was running round there the other day wondering to myself the total value of the property this would protect. I reckon it would be cheaper to purchase these properties and lease them back to the current owners than this work will cost.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  6. The EEN story's a bit late as they started the work last year!

    Posted 1 year ago #
  7. Stickman
    Member

    @steveo: a hugely expensive project causing massive disruption and which will only benefit a small number of people? Wonder if we can find a local who can start a campaign against it.

    /sarc

    Posted 1 year ago #
  8. When did it last flood along there? I've been riding the route through Roseburn Park / Baird Drive for 10 years and it's never been flooded in that time.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  9. According to a reply from Lesley Hinds on Twitter, all the work that's gone on over the past year has been to move the gas mains.

    Which is strange, as I didn't realise that we had gas mains running along the length of the water, and the removal of trees and all the work going on to strengthen and shore up the bankings must have been a figment of my fevered imagination! ;-)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  10. kaputnik
    Moderator

    They certainly weren't removing trees and clearing vegetation from the bank to relocate the gas mains!

    Posted 1 year ago #
  11. Fountainbridge
    Member

    If you have a look at tweets from the Water Of Leith trust you'll see the gas plans.

    There was a major gas pipe running from Balgreen along the west side of the river, held within the grass bank.

    The work done over the past few months was to move the pipe to the Murryfield side of the river.

    There's going to be major piing work on the west side and this would have conflicted with the gas pipe

    Posted 1 year ago #
  12. kaputnik
    Moderator

    They certainly weren't removing trees and clearing vegetation from the bank to relocate the gas mains!

    By which I meant along the section between the bridge and the Roseburn Place Entrance :)

    They've also been constructing hard standings in locations along the bank in this area for the construction machinery.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  13. Nice to see the supposed banksmen standing engrossed in their mobile phones rather than doing their job when large construction vehicles are backing out of fenced-in areas into pedestrian & cyclist areas.

    Had I remembered to clear out my memory card yesterday I'd have been able to get it on film and lodge a complaint. Alas, the card had filled and the camera had beeped and turned itself off on the Balgreen tram path :-(

    Posted 1 year ago #
  14. Stickman
    Member

    First time along the new temporary path this week. Completely rubbish. With a whole park to utilise why make it so narrow? The sharp right-turn round the bin is a real DGAF bit of design.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  15. HankChief
    Member

    Just heard from a resident on Riversdale Crescent that their road is being closed on Monday for 18 weeks for flood defense work.

    It is the section from number 14 to 32, which is the icerink bridge to the entrance to Riversdale Grove and they have committed to keeping pedestrian access by keeping the North pavement open.

    The residents are pretty miffed about it, not least only getting 5 days notice.

    It's something to do with changing the design to a 'hit and miss pile' from a 'gravity wall'. Apparently the contract is a 'design & build' one so they can make it up as they go along...

    I've no idea what they have planned for Quiet Routes 8 & 9 which use this bit of road. I have tweeted Frank to ask...

    Posted 1 year ago #
  16. gembo
    Member

    @hankchief , I saw that on Friday mid morning. My trip to Jupiter from Waverley used a well worn path to the west end round the cathedral (Pisky) and out to murrayfield with the roseburn bar making me laugh with its poster against the cycle track. Only the publican will drive to the pub. Anyway we were stopped abruptly at the former orchard keeper's house entrance to the park all fenced off but spied a way round nearer the stadium then when we made it out to ice rink the path was shut and the rivers dale road had the sign saying closed from Monday

    I was back at the art land today as they had an opening and the new wind chimes singing ringing tree island near the boathouse is a cracking new piece. The artisit Christian boltanski also has installed a black box to record your heart beat. You go inside the box. And a jäger Meister style shadow puppet room. He is one to watch as all three pieces good.

    A fair few cyclists out that way today.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  17. kaputnik
    Moderator

    All the signs were up this morning but no sign of closure yet.

    Interestingly, signs in both directions seemed to imply "access to Chinese Consulate and Ice Rink Maintained". If this is the case in both directions it requires the road to actually be open!

    Will see what this evening brings.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  18. kaputnik
    Moderator

    Riversdale Crescent is definitely closed, the full width of the street is now thoroughly Herased off between the bridge and about 50m to the west. The sign at the west side now reads to divert around and along the A8 to get into the Ice Rink or Chinese Consulate.

    You will have to get off and push along the north side pavement. A couple of people were cycling through but really there's very little room, it's not worth the bother.

    Myself and the lady infront got off to push. Some old busybody leaning over her garden wall decided to have a go at the woman for pushing, telling her it was "against the law" to have a bike on the pavement.

    I'm assuming you can still slip and slide your way along the river path, but last time I checked the next bridge up the Water of Leith was thoroughly closed off, so you'll be stuck on that side of the river.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  19. gembo
    Member

    River path on the ice rink side where there used to be trees was closed Friday. Closed at Pete the park keeper's old house too right at the start of murrayfield. Hopefully they are rolling this up the river otherwise there has been a fair bit of the landscape closed to pedestrians, dug walkers, joggers and cyclists. Getting to roseburn primary will also maybe prove tricky of a morning in a couple of weeks though we did use a diagonal new path on Friday last week.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  20. HankChief
    Member

    Tomorrow morning is going to be fun then. I'm on the big rig and usually have several riders coming towards me on that section.

    Perhaps it needs traffic lights...

    Posted 1 year ago #
  21. HankChief
    Member

    "You will have to get off and push along the north side pavement. "

    Agreed. Especially in that area - we should be doing all we can for harmonious cyclo-relations.

    I know it is a pain to do and should have been planned better but it will be too easy for the residents to vent their frustration at having their road access taken away on the local 'out' Group.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  22. kaputnik
    Moderator

    If only there was a safe, convenient alternative route for cycling along the A8 corridor, the local OAParrazzi would have nothing to complain about. Apart from having to walk 20m to their cars, that is.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  23. HankChief
    Member

    As expected it was narrow squeeze. Good job I didn't have my trailer on or meet a double buggy.

    Had a chat to one of the locals as the kids & I pushed along it. They are rightly concerned.

    But fear not, Frank is on the case and meeting the project manager today. :-)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  24. kaputnik
    Moderator

    I think the locals must have been grumbling to the workers, as when I got off to push this morning the guy waiting by the gate for deliveries nodded, smiled and said something mildly patronising along the lines of "that's it". I feigned a smile and waved back.

    I'll get the precise time off the camera later, but can't have taken more than 30s to walk it.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  25. The things that happen whilst I'm away on holiday...

    At least I'm prepared for the new closure and the short walk/push from tomorrow thanks to CCE :-)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  26. Stickman
    Member

    " Frank is on the case and meeting the project manager today

    He does get a lot of stick from us on his cycling views, but like a lot of councillors he does respond quickly to local issues. He's not all bad. ;-)

    The things that happen whilst I'm away on holiday...

    Take that as a warning. All future leave cancelled.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  27. The day I was leaving to come back, they were closing ALL roads in and out of the village because Putin was coming to visit.

    (They were also closing the Karavanke Tunnel between Austria and Slovenia, causing complete travel shutdown for hundreds of miles in all directions)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  28. Arellcat
    Moderator

    but (it) can't have taken more than 30s to walk it.

    I haven't been to have a look, so I'm going on people's descriptions. But, the situation does seem to suppose that one is able to walk one's bike.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  29. Murun Buchstansangur
    Member

    "residents to vent their frustration at having their road access taken away"

    What do they expect, the thousands of tons of steel and concrete to be teleported in? Given the millions of pounds of other peoples' money being spent to protect and indeed no doubt enhance the value of their private property (appears to be a mainly owner occupier area rather than rentals IMO), a bit of tolerance and forbearance on the part of the OAPlainers wouldn't go amiss.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  30. LivD
    Member

    I didn't see what it was like yesterday but I think they've magically found some more space this morning for cyclists. Pic I took at the west end of the works this morning

    Posted 1 year ago #

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