Tunnel given new lease of life

Rodney Street written on chalkl board in nice writing, with photos mounted behind
Speaker in Celebrate20 tshirt with back to camera, talking to small crowd facing
Bike with trailer and sign advertising led rides, infront of wooded area
Inside tunnel, people looking at photos mounted on far wall
Speaker with bike behind, talking to crowd at opening of tunnel
29 September 2015

As part of Sustrans Scotland’s celebrations to mark 20 years since the National Cycle Network was developed, we’ve teamed up with local design and engagement experts, HERE+NOW, to put on an exhibition in the Rodney Street Tunnel on National Route 75 in Edinburgh.

The former railway tunnel has been given a new lease of life, becoming home to an open air public art exhibition of work by local Edinburgh residents. The month long outdoor photography exhibition opened in Rodney Street tunnel, Canonmills on Sunday September 27.

Hold Me Dear: Four Cities, [Extra]ordinary Places, offered a chance for local people to share their treasured places in the city through an open call to submit photographs and stories behind the places that have personal meaning to them.

The Rodney Street Tunnel reopened in 2009, and forms part of a crucial traffic-free link through the city, avoiding a busy crossroads and passing through King George V Park.

Commenting, John Lauder, National Director of Sustrans Scotland, said:

“Sustrans Scotland are delighted to be sponsoring HERE+NOW to help deliver the Hold Me Dear exhibition in the Rodney Street Tunnel, which is part of National Cycle Route 75. The tunnel was reopened in 2009 by Sustrans, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Government after 41 years of closure and we’re excited to see it being used as a temporary art venue. The exhibition in September and October will turn the tunnel into a destination in its own right.

“As part of our celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the National Cycle Network we’re keen to get involved with organisations to engage local communities and show that it really is a network for all.”

HERE+NOW have been working with the exhibition’s main sponsor Sustrans as well as other supporting partners including the local community group ‘Friends Of King George V Park ’, the City of Edinburgh Council and Inverleith Neighbourhood Partnership to deliver this event.

The exhibition runs from September 24 to October 20 and is open 24 hours a day.

Find out more about how we are celebrating 20 years of the National Cycle Network.

Find out more about our work in Scotland.