If I recall from a TV programme a year ago, Edinburgh City Council 'went mental' in the 60s/70s with plans for a motorway box around the New Town, crossing Princes Street on stilts at one end and probably burrowing through Calton Hill at the other, and if I read they were going to throw slips down to the abomination that is the St James's Centre I wouldn't have been surprised.
What came of this (other than it never got built, not a speck)? Any documentation out there on the web?
Can't remember the exact details, however I believe that there were plans for two seperate motorways around Edinburgh, one to the east probably near the water-front, and one to the west, probably near the site of the Edinburgh bypass. These were both abandoned some time ago
I've traveled from Renfrewshire to Granton several times recently and for 54 miles it can take up to 2 hours. The roads are really not fit for purpose, especially with all the new construction being carried out, at Granton, and several different docks, and today's announcement of new construction at Leith. Instead of wasting up to 1 billion pounds on the trams which don't really benefit anyone, the money should have been used to construct a new motorway from the M9/M8 to the A1 (which should also be upgraded),probably going through Davidson Mains, Goldenacre, Leith, Portobello and Musselburgh and joining the A1 near Tranent.
This would result in a lot of through traffic being taken from the streets of Edinburgh, and allow traffic to speed up, resulting in the removal of a lot of pollution, and decrease CO2 levels.