Edinburgh Wayfinding project

The Council along with other key partners is working on delivering a Wayfinding system for Edinburgh, similar to other towns and cities in the UK.  The aim of the project is to encourage walking and the exploration of the City for residents and visitors.

What is a wayfinding system?

A Wayfinding system is a number of mapping products such as digital, printed and on-street maps which help people to orient themselves and navigate from place to place.  The idea is to make getting around the city as simple as possible.

Clear and consistent mapping forms the basis of any Wayfinding product and the Council has been working to create a bespoke digital map that reflects Edinburgh’s unique identity and highlights walking times, footpaths, accessible routes, travel information and key areas and places throughout the City.

The wayfinding project

The project is at the design stage and the map of Edinburgh will be completed by the end of September 2017.

We hope that the project will provide the city with a mapping resource to create a range of Wayfinding products: printed maps, on-street information (including bus shelters and tram stops) as well as on-line to make getting around the city even easier, to encourage walking and to help people to explore the city.  The mapping resource is royalty-free so can be used and adapted by others to help improve the information we have and for  communities to map and promote their own area.

What happens next?

The next phase of the work is to identify funding and partner projects.  We’ll be working on this in the coming months and will keep you up to date here on the blog.

If you’d like to know more about the project, get in touch with the project manager Anna Grant at anna.grant@edinburgh.gov.uk

Example of a wayfinding map

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