The City of Edinburgh published a Draft City Mobility Plan (CMP) that sets out a 10-year vision for mobility and transport in the city at the start of 2020. The plan is currently open for public consultation.
The mobility plan is closely aligned with Edinburgh’s City Plan 2030, a strategic document on managing the city’s growth in a sustainable way. Among other issues, it aims to tackle challenges posed by significant congestion, CO2 emissions generated by traffic, pockets of poor air quality and areas lacking public transport provision.
The City Mobility Plan is centred around four strategic priorities: enhancing public transport, people-friendly streets, planning new developments and managing demand. The plan also includes the pedestrianisation of a large part of the city centre by 2030.
The City Councils has also set some milestones to be achieved by 2025, such as a comprehensive transit plan for the city and the region, as well as the development of park-and-ride facilities and consolidation centres.
According to Council Leader Adam McVey, Edinburgh is already making progress towards reducing carbon emissions but needs to be "even bolder and more ambitious" to achieve its 2030 target.
“The City Mobility Plan offers a radical, ten-year plan to transform transport in the Capital, achieving the kind of change we need by expanding use of bus, tram, rail, walking and cycling to provide the best quality of life for everyone,” he said to Smart Cities World.
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