Haddington Town Centre

Haddington Town Centre

The Challenge

Access Strategy

As part of a multi-disciplinary team, SYSTRA were appointed by East Lothian Council to prepare an access strategy for Haddington Town Centre as part of a wider Vision document for the town. The strategy needed to:

  • Promote pedestrian priority throughout the town centre (but not pedestrianisation)
  • Prioritise pedestrian use along key routes from the town centre to community facilities (such as schools and leisure facilities) and tourist attractions (such as gardens, the riverside and historic buildings which are open to the public)
  • Establish the best routeing for traffic flow around the town centre
  • Consider street design and layout, and its implications on driver behaviour
  • Review parking provision, accessibility and use in order to ensure parking provision encourages people to visit the town centre
  • Review management and enforcement of parking and traffic regulations

The Access Strategy was informed by stakeholder engagement events involving members of the Area Partnership, Sustrans, Police Scotland and local community groups, and comprised open discussions and a planning workshop around the issues and opportunities in the town centre. Engagement was also arranged to coincide with the Haddington Fun Day, capitalising on its local popularity and the potential to gather the views of as many people as possible.


Four transport objectives were produced following a review of the existing transport infrastructure in Haddington and the comments from the stakeholder engagement. SYSTRA also demonstrated that the objectives were in line with the transport objectives outlined in East Lothian Council’s Local Transport Strategy and the intended physical, economic and social outcomes of the project.

Alongside the objectives, SYSTRA also developed a series of supporting transport measures and street layouts. The existing transport infrastructure review was fundamental in enabling a full understanding of the existing strengths and weaknesses of the town centre.

Finally, SYSTRA carried out a Quality Audit in accordance with the National Roads Development Guide (Scotland) in order to ensure the proposed street layout would be consistent with the principles of Designing Streets (Scotland). The audit demonstrated that the proposals were in line with Designing Streets and would encourage trips by sustainable modes of transport.

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