(adapted from an email from Michael Motion, of Turner & Townsend Limited, sent on 17 January 2017 at 12:55) This post is not written by Leith Central Community Council, does not necessarily reflect LCCC’s opinions and policies, and is for information only.
The contractor commenced back on site on 5th January, carrying out site set-up on Iona Street as before and stakeholder communication, following which the works to the Pilrig Street junction commenced with a closure of Pilrig Street as of the 9th January for a period of around 8 weeks (early March completion). These works will also include works to the Iona Street junction and the surfacing of Leith Walk at these junctions. This will be the main focus of our Contractors’ work at this time as we seek to minimise disruption to pedestrians and traffic by opening a number of work sites concurrently. Work sites will then progress south on Leith Walk from Pilrig Street to McDonald Road as originally envisaged, with any additional work sites being opened only where it is felt there is a benefit to the Project without adversely affecting the use of the street.
Progress towards the end of last year was disrupted by 3rd party utility operations, and we will again be required to accommodate their works during the course of the Phase 4 Contract, while trying at all times to minimise the impact on the Programme.
A report detailing the responses from the statutory consultation on the Leith Programme Phase 5 will be considered at the Transport and Environment Committee on 17 January.
Annandale Street/Montgomery Street Investigative Works
As part of the detailed planning underway ahead of a Council decision on whether or not to extend the tram line, Ground Penetrating Radar Survey at the Annandale Street/Montgomery Street junction on Leith Walk was scheduled, and did, commence on Monday 16th January for a period of four night shifts, two of which will require the closure of Annandale Street and two of Montgomery Street, with appropriate diversions being implemented during this time.