Leith Walk tram extension work to begin next month
The main phase of construction work to take Edinburgh’s trams to Newhaven will begin on Leith Walk next month.
The Trams to Newhaven project team and its contractors said they have drawn on lessons learned from the first stage of the project, as well as good practice from other European cities, to develop a construction strategy.
The work will involve Leith Walk being reduced to one city bound lane between London Road and Crown Place for the duration of the works, which will begin on 28 March and are scheduled to be completed by Summer 2021.
The approach of the team, which includes infrastructure and systems contractor Sacyr, Farrans, Neopul JV and swept path contractor Morrison Utility Services, will involve the establishment of large work sites to allow both utility works and tramway construction to take place at the same time, resulting in fewer traffic management changes for those affected.
Logistics hubs will be set up along the street to help businesses with deliveries and dispatches, as well as residents expecting large deliveries. A Support for Business package has also been devised in consultation with local businesses.
The first phase of the project is already well underway on Constitution Street, where the excavation of the road is being carried out to allow utility diversions, tracklaying and the installation of tram infrastructure.
Transport and environment convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “We are about to reach a major milestone in the project to take the trams to Newhaven, as we prepare for the main phase of works on Leith Walk.
“We are already progressing well with the first phase of the project on Constitution Street and the Trams to Newhaven team have been working closely with contractors and transport operators to plan this next crucial stage. We will continue to engage with residents and businesses to keep them up-to-speed with plans as the project progresses.”
Transport and environment vice convener, Councillor Karen Doran, said: “This is a transformational project for the city as a whole, but we’re aware of the particular impact this work will have on the people living nearby. That’s why our team has been making every effort to share information on the process, as well as providing support to adapt to the changes for residents and businesses.”
The full construction programme can be accessed on the Trams to Newhaven website.