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The Royal Mile


The Royal Mile

+St Giles Church

    Engraving in 'Modern Athens'  -  St Giles Church and the Lawnmarket ©

Plans Announced

Edinburgh's Royal Mile runs down the crest of the hill from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood.

Plans were recently announced to pedestrianise the stretch from Cockburn Street to Parliament Square, beside St Giles Church.  At a later date, a longer length of the Royal Mile could be pedestrianised.

These plans envisages outdoor Cafés, a raised road surface level with the pavements, and special areas set aside for street theatre.  In recent years, this section has been closed to traffic and used for street theatre each August, during the Edinburgh Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival..

The plans are reported to have the support of many local businesses, and is to be proposed to the City of Edinburgh Council in March 03.


Plans Approved

Plans were approved in January 2006 for the central section of the Royal Mile, the High Street between Cockburn Street and Parliament Square to be closed to all through traffic.

The High Street has been semi-pedestrianised for over two years.

The new restrictions are expected to be in force by the time that re-cobbling of the street is complete in Spring 2007.  The closure will be controlled by bollards in the road which will lower to allow vehicles to pass during a four-hour loading period in the mornings.

Edinburgh Evening News:  January 6, 2006:  p.9



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