"If you look at a street map, at first glance, it
looks as if Hutchison Crossway has been closed off
in the middle at some point. That isnít
(and has never been) the case, as was confirmed to me by
a friend who was brought
up in the area.
Hutchison Crossway was built in two sections, linked by a
footbridge. The sections were::
from Gorgie Road to the railway line, and
from the railway line to Hutchison Road and
on Slateford Road.
some point, after the closure of the railway line,
the Fruit Market was built, and the section of
Hutchison Crossway leading from Gorgie Road was extended to the former
railway line to provide access to it where the
footbridge used to be.
Here it met the
section running from Slateford Road.
But a wall was built (now a fence) to separate the two sections of
the street to prevent vehicles from using it as a short cut.
A gap was provided for pedestrians.
the Slateford Road end of Hutchison Crossway,
there is this sign:
At the Gorgie Road end of Hutchison Crossway, there is
Rather oddly, the street lights also provide a clue to
the history of the street. The section from Gorgie Road to the old
railway line has lampposts more usually found on main roads, while the
section from there to Slateford Road has residential street lighting.
Additionally, the north section is wider than the south