About the Project

This is what we’d like to see for Musselburgh

  • The sustainable growth of Musselburgh’s transport network
  • To enhance the environment in and around Musselburgh
  • To improve the health and wellbeing of people living, working and studying in Musselburgh, as well as those visiting
  • Community-led decision making
  • To enhance the local economy and tourism
  • To create a high quality, safe, and accessible network
  • To improve equality and choice for those living, working and studying in Musselburgh

Background to the Musselburgh Active Toun Project

In 2018, East Lothian Council, and our partners AECOM and Sustrans, gathered data and peoples’ feedback about Musselburgh’s streets. Using that, we identified routes that people thought were important and the improvements they’d like to see.

The first stage of work on this project was summarised in a report Future Proofing Musselburgh’s Infrastructure for Sustainable Modes of Travel.

We’ve since added to the main routes with local connecting routes. This plan shows the network we will be creating.

An overview map of all 6 key routes and the local routes included in the Musselburgh - Active Toun project

This Stage

We have now developed outline design options for routes 1, 2 and 5. They run west to east from Milton Road East through the town to Wallyford Roundabout, and south to north from the new developments near Queen Margaret University and along the River Esk.  The designs reflect the improvements people wanted.

Our plans include new separate cycle lanes, wider pavements, and improved public spaces.

Between 24 May 2021 and 16 July 2021 we asked people in Musselburgh for feedback on the design options for routes 1 West, 2 and 5.  We are now using this to help us develop final designs for each route.”

We will consult on route 1 East, which runs through the town centre, later in the year once we have done more work to understand potential impacts on local businesses and town centre residents.

We were going to hold events in Musselburgh to talk to businesses, residents, community groups, and schools.  Due to the Covid-19 developments our initial consultation was online but we intend to hold a face-to-face event as soon as we can.

A consultation summary report will be prepared and published on the project website and on the Council’s website. People who have asked to be kept informed will be notified by email when the report is published. You can use the contact details below to ask us to keep you informed.

How is the project funded?

This stage of the Musselburgh – Active Toun project is funded by the Scottish Government.

Who’s behind it?

We are working with a number of partners to deliver the project.


East Lothian Council

is leading the project



is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle


Transport Scotland

is the Scottish Government’s national transport agency for Scotland. It funds Places for Everyone through Sustrans Scotland.


are design consultants.

What Happens Next

We will undertake parking and loading surveys across Musselburgh so that we understand how parking and loading work now and how our proposals may affect them. Pedestrian, cycle and vehicle movements need to return to more normal levels before we do this. We will also do detailed surveys to get an exact picture of road widths, road markings, street furniture etc. 

We will then consult on route 1 East and will make particular efforts to speak with all of the business community and town centre residents.

We will use all the information we’ve gathered to develop detailed drawings of the preferred design for each of the three routes.  We will be doing further consultations as the detailed designs are produced.

We will also be developing the concept designs and then detailed designs for the other main and
local connecting routes in the Masterplan.  We will consult at every stage.

Once we have detailed designs for the routes we will start construction.

Project Timeline


  • Musselburgh Active Travel Masterplan finalised
  • Project development of concept options


  • Project receives funding from Places for Everyone for Routes 1, 2 and 5
  • Engagement so far:
    • Stakeholder workshops
    • Public engagement and online survey
    • High level of support for the Masterplan and each of the key routes.

2021 (now)

  • Public engagement on concept options for Routes 1, 2 & 5
  • Current engagement
    • We are following government guidance regarding COVID-19 and so all of our consultation will be online for now
    • When it is safe to do so, we will have face-to-face meetings with local people and businesses


    • Design and consultation process ongoing
    • Future engagement
      • Design work will continue with regular consultations at each stage of the process.


    Construction begins

    2024 & 2025

    Construction complete!