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Residents invited to preview new walking and cycling path extension of Loanhead railway path

15 December 2017

Local residents are being invited to preview a new walking and cycling route extending the existing path from Roslin to Lasswade (Route 196) onto Shawfair, as works pause over the Christmas period.

The 3km traffic-free route, delivered by Sustrans Scotland in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council, Midlothian Council and contractors RJ McLeod, will be open to the public from Saturday 23rd December to Sunday 7th January. The route will then close again so that final works can be carried out.

Visitors will get the chance to see how the route, running along the disused railway path, will link communities living in Lasswade, Danderhall and Shawfair in Midlothian.

It is hoped the new path, which is being funded by Transport Scotland through Sustrans Scotland’s National Cycle Network development fund will encourage residents and visitors to explore the area by foot and bike.

Sustrans Scotland Principal Engineer and Project Manager Paul Cronin said:

“This project aims to deliver a valuable extension to the existing walking and cycling network within Edinburgh and Midlothian.

“With new housing developments set to start in the area over the next few years, we anticipate this path will become a key route for local residents who wish to walk and cycle.

“We hope the local community will enjoy the path over the Festive period, and be encouraged to use it in the New Year for journeys by foot or bike.”

Finishing works will recommence from 8 January, with the path expected to be complete by the end of January 2018.

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