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Final design ground-borne noise and vibration on the Trams to Newhaven extension

The following statements were released by the Tram Team to the coalition of the four community councils along the tram line extension. They address the delay around the conclusion to the final design, not the quite separate (noise/vibration) issues that may occur during construction.

2021_02_18

I can confirm that we are expecting the outstanding design submission by the end of next week (26th Feb) at which point we will have a 3 week review period to go through the submission (this period is set out in the contract). On the basis that the information is provided and is accurate, we would anticipate getting the report finalised by mid to end March. I am continuing to see if we can accelerate timescales but as I have said before this is not within our control as the contractor is working to an agreed design programme. I will of course keep you posted as more information becomes available.

2021_02_15

[…] We are having to work within prescribed design approval timescales which means the matter is not being closed out as quickly as I would like, that said, work is underway with Atkins and I thought a short progress note would be useful ahead of your community council meeting this evening. It is worth noting that the team continues to work under Covid-19 restrictions affecting all of us, this has inevitably had an impact of some of the design packages meaning we have had to prioritise design approvals to align with the construction programme.

As you know the matter arose following observations raised by Prof. Thompson in relation to a specific property on Leith Walk. I subsequently met with the property owner and representative of the community council to discuss the issues raised.

The issues are twofold. Firstly, there are specific queries around the Leith Walk property and the conclusions reached in relation to vibration. Secondly there are more general queries relating to ground borne noise (GBN) on the line.

On the back of the meeting, we asked Atkins, the Council’s technical advisor, to liaise with the contractor and the contractors design  team to address the vibration queries and to also provide some commentary on ground borne noise.

On the first point, Atkins are still awaiting final design information from the contractor to be able to provide a definitive view on the proposed design, this has been through several iterations, which is not unusual, and we anticipate having the last of the information in the very near future. On a positive note, Atkins have confirmed that the track system being brought forward is from a very well established company in the field of track components (Pandrol) and that they will be able to supply whatever vibration attenuation measures that the contractor specifies.

As well as addressing the specific questions raised by Prof. Thompson, we have also asked Atkins to confirm whether, taking a conservative approach, there are any instances where vibration would exceed the design standards specified under the contract, I am hopeful they will be able to provide a definitive answer to this once they are in receipt of all the design information. We have also asked them to set out and explain the standards adopted by the project.

With regards to ground borne noise it is common on light rail/tramways not to state limits as the GBN contribution is likely to be insignificant in comparison to the air-borne noise contribution for which limits are specified in the contract. We have however asked Atkins to research other light rail schemes to confirm this point and to also discuss the matter with the contractor and the contractors design team. The purpose of this is to provide greater certainty for people whose properties are close to the line and have concerns about ground borne noise levels. This will be included in the Atkins report.

LCCC January 2021 minutes

Meeting highlights

  • death of John Hein, resignation of John Tibbitt, co-option of Lucy Watters
  • Planning: Dryden St area, Bonnington area
  • various governance matters
  • LCCC response to Public Spaces Management Plan
  • Transport & clean streets: spaces for people, tram-works
  • Licensing: various matters

Minutes of Leith Central Community Council ordinary meeting, held via MS Teams, on Monday 18 January 2021 at 7:00pm

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Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 26 November 2020

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
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Free transport for people with mobility challenges to their vaccine appointment

An offer from Handicabs. LCCC is forwarding the below for information, not as a recommendation.

HcL are delighted to share that we are offering FREE transport for people with mobility challenges to get their vaccine.

Please note:

  • You do not need to be registered with HcL already.
  • Any person who has challenges with getting out and about due to age, disability, heath issues (short-term or long-term), additional support needs or geographic remoteness is eligible to use the service.
  • Bookings are subject to availability so call the relevant office as soon as you have your appointment and we will do our very best to help get you to your appointment and home safely.

West Lothian – 01506 633953

Edinburgh / Midlothian / East Lothian – 0131 447 9949

Just give either office a call to book.

But please note that transport cannot be offered to those with coronavirus symptoms. See https://www.hcltransport.org.uk

LCCC January 2021 meeting agenda

    1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies (19:00)
      1. to note: declarations of interest in any items on the agenda
      2. to note: J Hein’s death (24/12/20)
      3. to note: A Tibbitt resignation (7/1/21)
      4. to agree: to notify CEC of the above changes
      5. to agree: order of business below

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Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 29 October 2020

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting (Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 29 October 2020 at 5:30pm Continue reading

Supporting working carers in your workplace

VOCAL is marking Carers Rights Day, next Thursday 26th November 2020, with a special event/workshop aimed at supporting employers and line managers to set up internal carer support networks in their own organisations.

Since the Coronavirus there has been a steady increase in the number of people caring for someone else, with many now struggling to balance this unpaid caring role with their employment responsibilities. This free workshop is suitable for managers and supervisors in any workplace including public sector services.

Standard Life and Carers Scotland, in partnership with VOCAL, will deliver this free online workshop, sharing experiences and best practice of supporting carers at work, and linking you to other services and external support.

To find out more and book your place on this free workshop, please go to our Eventbrite Supporting Working Carers page.

For more information please contact Hayley Burton at VOCAL on hburton@vocal.org.uk.

LCCC’s web-weaver apologies for the delay in posting this.

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 01 October 2020

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
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