New Town with Cycle Routes and a Railway Station?

Posted by chdot on July 25, 2006

Plans for developing the ‘South East Wedge’ (generally the land between Craigmillar and the Bypass towards Dalkeith) have been around for a while.

Most of the land is in Midlothian. Midlothian Council is in favour of cycle routes and ‘sustainable development’ but is also rather keen on new roads. (New Dalkeith Bypass currently being pushed through Dalkeith Park woodland).

Much of the proposed development is now known as Shawfair (after the farmhouse in the area – map).

At the moment it’s curious area, partly unspoilt rural country with a massive coal bing that seems to blend in with landscape. There’s the remains of Monktonhall Colliery (cleared site) and a lovely strand of self-set silver birch shielding the Millerhill freight yard. (The vision)

The plans to re-open the Waverley Line from Newcraighall to Galashiels have been approved recently. Shawfair should be the first new station.

Today’s Evening News has a story about the latest developments, with an ‘artist’s impression’ (not on line) and an aerial photo with details superimposed – though it is in fact of the new business park not the proposed housing and town developments.

There are also plans (Evening News story) for new cycle routes that would join The Royal Infirmary (at Little France) and the new Queen Margaret University College campus with the Shawfair area. Spokes, the Lothian Cycle Campaign keeps a close eye on all planned developments to make sure they include facilities for cyclists.

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