Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 112 – Tram to Newhaven & Leith Programme

(adapted from an email from Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Leith Programme Project Team, on 2017_09_27 at 16:35)

Edinburgh Tram

As you may be aware, the Outline Business Case for taking trams to Newhaven was approved on the 21st of September by the City of Edinburgh Council.  You can see the Outline Business Case and the supporting report here under Reports and item 8·4.

A comprehensive tendering process will now get under way to secure a potential contractor partner for the project, with councillors due to make a final decision on taking the tram to Newhaven in autumn 2018 to allow construction to start in early 2019.

In parallel with the tendering process the Council has committed to consulting with local residents, businesses and key stakeholders along the route to Newhaven.  In particular the Council will be seeking views on:

  • The proposed traffic management proposals during construction;
  • Logistics management proposals in relation to loading and unloading and waste collection;
  • Business access, support and compensation; and
  • Tram design and Traffic Regulation Orders.

Following the Council’s decision to proceed to the next stage, the project team is now developing materials for consultation. Once completed we will be engaging with you in a number of ways:

  1. Open days will be held along the route where people can drop in and speak to the project team about the proposals on display;
  2. Regular email updates on progress of the project and other projects that have a connection, such as Edinburgh St James Development; and
  3. Utilising the Council website and social media to provide up to date information

The Council is committed to keeping the city open for business during the construction of tram and working closely with everyone affected by the work.

Leith Programme – Phase 4 (Iona Street to Brunswick Street)

As a brief update to ‘Stakeholder Update Nr 111’ issued on Friday 22nd September, I have been informed that, due to unforeseen Scottish Works (sic) at the Albert Street junction, we have been unable to open this junction today as was originally planned.  Local diversions will be in place, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.  I should be in a position to offer a fuller update on when this junction will re-open at the end of this week.

Works continue to the Scottish Water rectification works at Croall Place, the slabbing at Brunswick Street, the general re-surfacing of Leith Walk and the isolated defect rectification works.

The remaining scope of the project is still on target for completion at the end of October, including the segregated cycleway and the 2-stage right turn for cyclists at the McDonald Road/Brunswick Road junction.

We will be in contact again in due course with further information on our plans.  In the meantime, if you have any questions on the Edinburgh Tram project or the ongoing Leith Programme Phase 4, please contact: leith.programme@edinburgh.gov.uk.

Kind Regards

Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Leith Programme Project Team