The first Statutory City Development Plan of 1949 , and its successors, recommended major highway improvements for Edinburgh. Plans were discussed and redrawn over a long period. The Working Party on Major Highway Planning was set up to consider the alternatives and advise the local authority on transport strategy. The Eastern Link Road, from St Leonard's to Calton Hill, was of particular interest to the University of Edinburgh as it occupied property affected by the Link and its feeder roads. Resolution of the Eastern Link Road issue was critical for the finalisation of the layout of the University / Nicolson Street Comprehensive Development Area. Percy Johnson-Marshall represented the University's interests as expert planner on the Working Party. One of Johnson-Marshall's own proposals was for a new carriageway through the Grassmarket for which he commissioned perspectives from Alexander Duncan Bell, in 1963 . The Eastern Link Road was abandoned in 1977.