(adapted from an email sent by Michael Motion of the Leith Programme at 15:58 on 2017_03_16)
Phase 4 update (Pilrig Street to McDonald Road)
The upgrade of the Pilrig Street junction is now complete, and the junction has been re-opened to traffic as of 16th March. Works will now continue on Leith Walk as part of the Pilrig Street to MacDonald Road phase of the Leith Programme. The footpath up to Middlefield and outside Sainsbury’s, and completion of outstanding Crighton Place works, which were previously delayed due to Scottish Water infrastructure works, will be the focus over the coming weeks. The Leith Programme Phase 4 end date remains summer 2017.
In addition to the above, and commencing as of Monday 27th March, CEC will be installing a number of planters and trees to Leith Walk at various locations north of Pilrig Street.
Work is already under way on the £1 billion Edinburgh St James development, a hugely important project for Edinburgh which will create thousands of jobs and deliver millions of pounds to the local economy.
Later this month, Edinburgh Council’s Transport and Environment Committee will consider a report outlining plans by the developer to carry out major essential works on Leith Street.
Provisionally scheduled to begin after this summer’s festivals, the work would include closing Leith Street between its junction at Waterloo Place down to Calton Road to cars, buses and vans for 44 weeks while maintaining pedestrian, cycle and emergency access at all times.
The Council has been working closely with the developer and Edinburgh’s multi-agency Citywide Traffic Management Team to identify how best to carry out these works safely and in a way that keeps the closure period to a minimum and traffic flowing across the city.
Whatever Committee decides, the Council will continue to monitor the impact of this work and ensure the developer keeps the public properly informed at all times.
Trams to Newhaven
Tram route site investigations continue next week at the Arthur Street/Leith Walk junction. This will be underway for 1 week as of Monday 20th March and will involve some minor temporary traffic management in operation for the duration of the works.