Keep Queen's Drive pedestrianised

Maintain the current closure of Queen's Drive from Duke's Walk to Holyrood Park Road. This portion of the road around Holyrood Park / Arthur's Seat has been closed since early March (first for frogs then for COVID) and it would be great to keep this closed.

Why the contribution is important

By having this road closed, it has enabled walkers, runners and cyclists to be able to move more freely and maintain safe social distancing while being outdoors. The air quality is also much improved (and protects our lungs from vehicle exhaust emissions) when you're going around the loop. Overall, the experience is much more serene and allows those of us who live near the centre to actually feel like we are away in nature (and get a break from the cacophonous traffic that is so often outside our windows).

by lauren on August 21, 2020 at 01:00PM

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Average rating: 5.0
Based on: 7 votes


  • Posted by Voiceofreason September 08, 2020 at 08:46

    If you don't live adjacent to the park, how are you supposed to get there? Let's not forget that large diesel engine powered vehicles (including particulate spewing buses) are the worst and noisiest polluters. Not everyone has the time or inclination to waste time cycling when faster alternatives abound.
  • Posted by RuthN September 23, 2020 at 14:43

    Good idea to have this central green space car-free. It really spoilt it when it was used as a rat-run through the city. It's also reasonable to get to on pubic transport
  • Posted by Tootes September 23, 2020 at 20:45

    While the principle of greater pedestrianisation is a good idea. The council must include an element of accessibility for those of us with mobility issues. To allow disabled people access, inclusiveness in society. Edinburgh council need to think through their decisions on how they affect those totally dependent, unfortunately, on private transport. With roads completely shut and large areas around the city having parking suspended, those of us that have mobility issues, who can't walk long distances, cycle or use buses, we have become extremely isolated and shut out of our city's life, by these council decisions. Edinburgh city council could reduce overall vehicle use, increase cycling and walking but still make areas accessible to those with disability, by greatly increasing disabled parking and reducing the parking for those that don't have mobility issues. It's a principal used in other cities. It may not be popular but currently, the disabled are excluded, shut out from their own city, by the lack of understanding from the council about the road closures, pedestrianisation without close proximity disabled parking.
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