Leith Bridge feasibility study

The Leith Bridge project is to assess the feasibility, costs and benefits of the proposal to re-build the old railway bridge which spanned Leith Walk until 1980.

Either side of the street, the old railway arches are all still intact and the proposals are for a pedestrian/cycle bridge to be built connecting the arches on either side. This would create a new east-west active travel route, connecting Pilrig Park and the north Edinburgh paths in the west with Easter Road and the Restalrig path and onwards to Portobello.

The proposals, devised by architects Biomorphis and being taken forward by ELGT, seek to create something inspirational on Leith Walk and to open up sections of vacant land, which would become a destination bringing economic benefit to the area, as well as to make a valuable contribution to connecting up North Edinburgh’s parks and active travel routes.

The project’ inspiration comes in part from the New York Highline and Paris’ Viaduc des Arts – both of which have transformed elevated railway lines through urban areas into amazing greenspaces.

Our initial study, funded by the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) and City of Edinburgh Council, seeks to look at the design, land ownership, connectivity and potential of the proposed bridge and to act as the basis to take the project forward in phases, as and when resources allow.

The report will form the basis for ongoing consultation with local businesses, residents and other stakeholders to make sure that if the project goes ahead it will play a valuable role in the regeneration of Leith Walk.