New measures aimed at keeping cyclists safe on Leith Walk

(adapted from an email from Rory Garriock on behalf of Newhaven Tram. We apologise for not getting this out sooner, but we received the email only 2 days ago.)

Work is due to get under way this week to improve safety at various locations on Leith Walk, including what is believed to be the first installation in Scotland of a particular type of cycleway delineators.  They will be put in place at locations on the east and west side of Leith Walk at Pilrig Street and the east side of Leith Walk at Brunswick Road. This work is being carried out by MacKenzie Construction.

In addition to these new delineators, Leith Programme Phase 4 contractor Crummock will carry out a series of remedial works to road surfacing defects, road gullies/manholes and additional safety markings to the cycleway. The same traffic management sub-contractor will be used in order to coordinate the works and to minimise traffic disruption while these works are ongoing.

The programme of construction works will be as follows:

  • 18th April – 20th April: Crummock undertaking remedial works to road surfacing defect on the northbound lane at Pilrig Street junction
  • 23rd April – 4th May: MacKenzie Construction undertaking works to install cycleway delineators at the locations noted above
  • 23rd April – 4th May: (for a period of up to 2 weeks) Crummock undertaking further defect remedial works at various locations between Iona Street and Brunswick Street

Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 115: Phase 4 (Iona Street to Brunswick Street)

(adapted from an email from Michael Motion, of Leith Programme Project Team, sent at 14:55 on 2017_10_27. Mr Motion has confirmed that updates were not sent on 2017_10_13 and 2017_10_20.)

To confirm that the segregated cycleway, including the bus stop bypasses, and the 2-stage right turn for cyclists at the McDonald Road/Brunswick Road junction were opened for use on Wednesday 25th October.

As of next week, w/c 30th October, the contractor will be visible on site as they make good any defective works, within remote worksites.  Any impact on pedestrians and cyclists will be kept to an absolute minimum.

There will also be works carried out next week to replace the bus shelter at Albert Street and install the bus tracker at this location.  Unfortunately, we were unable to coordinate the sub-contractor to complete these works earlier, and so there will be an impact on the cycleway at this location which, again, we will try to keep to a minimum and ensure that the route is maintained.

Finally, there has been a small site compound set up within the parking bays at Albert Street to accommodate the contractor while it completes remaining works, which we anticipate will be for around 3-4 weeks. Continue reading

Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 114: Phase 4 (Iona Street to Brunswick Street)

(adapted from an email from Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Leith Programme Project Team, sent on 2017_10_06 at 14:30)

This email contains information on

  • Proposed works w/c 9th October 2017
    • Road closures
    • Proposed works / worksite locations
  • Two-stage right turn for cyclists – junction of Leith Walk and McDonald Road/Brunswick Road
  • New segregated cycle lanes on Leith Walk
  • Picardy Place design update

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Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 113 – Phase 4 (Iona Street to Brunswick Street)

(adapted from an email from Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Leith Programme Project Team, sent at 11:01 on 2017_10_02)

Proposed works w/c 2nd October 2017

 Road closures

  • Albert Street (planned re-opening date Tuesday 10th October)
  • Brunswick Road (will remain closed until completion of the project at the end of October)
  • McDonald Road (will remain closed until completion of the project at the end of October)
  • Brunswick Street (planned re-opening date Wednesday 18th October 2017)

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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. Continue reading

Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 109: Phase 4 (Iona Street to Brunswick Street)

(adapted from an email sent by Michael Motion of Turner & Townsend at 14:51 on 8 September. )

Dear Stakeholder

Our contractor, Crummock, returned to site as of Monday 4th September to remobilise for the completion of the Phase 4 scope of works. At that time, Brunswick Road was closed to accommodate the site compound, and will remain so until the works are completed. Iona Street was also closed to allow commencement of works to realign the kerb line, commence the road surfacing works including the raised table construction and to complete the pavement slabbing. It is likely this will take up to 3 weeks to complete, during which time Iona Street will remain closed.

In addition to the above, we are also working in the following areas:

  • Brunswick Street junction to complete the remain footpath slabbing to the S/E corner
  • Croall Place to complete the remaining Scottish Water rectification works, and to resolve surface water drainage issues
  • 2 nr road crossings on Leith Walk, north and south of Albert Street.

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Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 107: Phase 4 (Iona Street to Brunswick Street)

 (adapted from an email from Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager at Turner & Townsend, sent at 16:51 on 21 August 2017)

As of Monday 4th September, following the Edinburgh festival embargo, our Contractor, Crummock, will be returning to Leith Walk to complete Phase 4 of the Leith Programme.  We anticipate completing these works by Friday 3rd November (being an 8 week construction programme).  Continue reading