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Main construction start – Trams to Newhaven

(Copied from an email from Trams to Newhaven)

The main construction works for the Edinburgh’s Trams to Newhaven project will start from Monday 15 June 2020 in line with the Scottish Government’s Phase 2 ‘soft start to site works (only where physical distancing can be maintained).

Work on the project was stopped at the end of March to comply with Government guidance and to protect the safety of workers and residents during the coronavirus outbreak.

Following the First Minister’s announcement on 21 May of a phased return for construction sites, plans have been drawn up in line with Scottish Government safety guidelines and industry best practice to ensure the safety of workers and the public. At the briefing on 28 May the First Minister confirmed that site preparation could begin and, following the announcement today, main construction works can now start. This will encompass the existing sites on Lindsay Road, Melrose Drive and Constitution Street which will start from Monday 15 June. In addition, main construction works on Leith Walk from Elm Row to Crown Place will start on Monday 22 June.

In advance of this some preparatory works on Leith Walk will start on Monday 15 June 2020 ahead of the installation of traffic management which will begin on the evening of Friday 19 June and be operational from 5am on Saturday 20 June 2020 including Lothian Bus diversions. All traffic management arrangements are made in consultation with key partners in the city, including blue light services and public transport providers, through the Traffic Management Review Panel and are continuously monitored and reviewed to ensure they work as effectively as possible.

All works will be carried out through physical distancing and additional measures to protect workers’ health will include daily briefings, continuous on-site inspections and health and safety ‘ambassadors.’ The numbers of workers on-site will be kept to a minimum and a large proportion of the project office staff will continue to work from home. While physical distancing will be a key principle of construction working, workers will also have access to personal protection equipment (PPE) which they may choose to wear as an additional precaution if they wish. It should be noted that it may take time for the sites to become fully operational.

The logistic hubs at the Mitchell Street, Foot of the Walk, Dalmeny Street, Albert Street and Montgomery Street will re-open on Monday 22 June to support local businesses with deliveries and despatches. All communal bins that are currently situated on Leith Walk will be moved to the side streets.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Chris Wilson

For information

The Scottish Government’s phased approach to construction details six key phases to ensure work is carried out in a safe way. These are:

  • Phase 0: Planning
  • Phase 1: Covid-19 Pre-start Site preparation
  • Phase 2: ‘Soft start’ to site works (only where physical distancing can be maintained)
  • Phase 3: Steady state operation (only where physical distancing can be maintained)
  • Phase 4: Steady state operation (where physical distancing can be maintained and/or with PPE use)
  • Phase 5: Increasing density/productivity with experience

LCCC March 2020 meeting agenda

Monday, 16 March 2020 at 7pm, at the Nelson Hall in McDonald Road Library

1 Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies

1.a To note: Declarations of interest in any items on the agenda

1.b To agree: Order of business

2 Approval of Minutes of 17 February 2020 meeting

3 Matters arising from previous minutes (and not included on agenda below)

4 Community Police Officer’s Report

5 Transport & Clean Streets

5.a Trams to Newhaven

5.a.i to note: February liaison meeting Community Council Together on Trams with Council’s Tram Team

5.a.ii to note: imminent (28 March) end of Enabling Works and start of 15-18 months of Main Works in Leith Walk (London Road to Crown Place): 3-lane closure, communal bins relocation, logistics hubs, bi-directional cycle-path, Balfour Street access changes, area wide bus diversions
temporary traffic management maps and narrative
construction phasing overview
bus diversions overview

5.a.iii to note: 20/00993/PA | Erection of Tram Stop including Tram Stop Shelter, Overhead Line Equipment (OLE), Street Lighting, Hard Landscaping and Assoicated [sic] Infrastructure. | Balfour Street Tram Stop Leith Walk Edinburgh

5.a.iv to note: any issues that have arisen for local residents or businesses that have not been dealt with satisfactorily by the Tram Project Team

5.b to note: LCCC draft response to City Mobility Plan Consultation

5.c to note: progress of Communal Bins Enhancement programme; roll out in LCCC area in Winter 2020

5.d to note: any other Transport & Clean Street matters relevant to LCCC area

6 Planning

6.a to note: status of current planning applications (MAR 2020)

6.b to note: 20/00972/FUL | Demolition of the existing warehouse and ancillary office building and construction of residential (flatted) development including purpose-built student accommodation, general housing and affordable housing, public realm improvements, hard and soft landscaping and associated infrastructure, including vehicular access. | 48 – 50 Iona Street Edinburgh EH6 8S

6.c to note: draft Place Brief prepared for the Leith Walk/Halmyre Street site – NEW consultation closes 3 April

6.d to note: LCCC draft response to ‘Choices for City Plan 2030 (main issues report)

6.e to note: proposal by local residents to extend Leith Walk Conservation Area

6.f to note: any other Planning matters relevant to LCCC area

7 LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ reports

7.a to note: Treasurer’s report

7.b to note: Engagement Officer’s and Comms Group report

7.b.i to note: draft analysis of LCCC area and proposal for ‘away day’

7.c to note: reports from other Office Bearers

7.d to: note: update on LCCC representation on outside bodies

7.d.i to note: items of relevance to LCCC area discussed at Edinburgh Partnership meeting March 2020

8 Parks & Green Spaces

8.a to note: proposed Public Spaces Management Plan (to replace the existing Edinburgh Park Events Manifesto and Public Spaces Protocol – public consultation due soon

8.b to note: Friends of Pilrig Park report

8.b.i to note: proposal to hold ‘families event’ in June 2020

8.c to note: other Park Friend’s reports

9 Licensing

10 Open Forum[1]

11 AOCB[2]

12 Bulletin[3]

12.a Campaigners set up own firm in bid to buy Leith Walk’s Stead Place backed by Scottish ministers (EN, 2/3/20)

13 Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations

13.a to note: 2020: 20 Apr, 18 May (incl AGM), 15 Jun

13.b to note: future presentations and charrettes

13.b.i tbc: talk by CEC Archeology Officer and FCA on findings at 70, 72 Newhaven Road (17/01183/FUL)

[1] this agenda point allows members of the public to raise issues of public interest

[2] this agenda point allows LCCC members to raise issues not covered by the agenda

[3] this is for information only; any discussion to be brought to a future meeting