City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Rodney Street Tunnel, Scotland Yard to Tesco. And Back.

By edg - Posted on 13 April 2010

The Rodney Street Tunnel in Edinburgh is a long (former) railway tunnel connecting Scotland Yard Park and children's playground at one end, with the Canonmills-Leith pedestrian-cycleway at the other. The tunnel comes out at the Tesco supermarket, continuining off-road, all the way to Leith Docks.

Seen as a "missing link" in the cycle network, it offers cyclists as an off-road alternative to the busy intersection at Broughton Street and Rodney Street.

When the tunnel first opened in the 1840s a stationary steam engine would haul trains by a rope. Although it was in use as a railway until the Sixties - Scotland Yard was originally a train station - it was bricked up and derelict for years until it re-opened in 2009.

The tunnel is also known as the Heriot Hill Tunnel.

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